eSports do not have the best reputation for diversity as the professional player base of most games is overwhelmingly male. And it’s not because female pro players aren’t good enough but it’s because the abuse that they get often isn’t worth the hassle and it’s incredibly off-putting; something seen recently when Maria “Remilia” Creveling became the first woman to reach the LCS but was faced with masses of vitriol along the way, which had forced her to delete all of her social media accounts.
Online collectible card game (CCG), Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has also hit the headlines for it gender discrimination as last year, a Finnish Hearthstone tournament excluded women from their world tournament qualifiers as they wanted to prove that eSports are “legitimate”. Then, last month, many people called out the Hearthstone International Women’s Invitational when the China-based tournament forced women to wear all white dresses and sit on uncomfortable seats.
So it’s a big deal then, that off of the back of that, Yoon “Harusol” Chang has now become the first female winner of a major Hearthstone tournament.