The Women's Esports League - a new esports initiative meant to level the playing field for girl gamers all across Europe.
Together with Female Legends, Challengermode
are now launching one of the world's most ambitious women's esports
initiatives - the Women's Esports League (WEL). It is a so-called
all-female league at a European level wherein only women can
participate. The league has been created to give girl gamers a chance
to compete and socialize in an environment free from hate and toxicity,
where everyone can compete on equal terms.
mission is to make esports accessible to every gamer through various
league systems, such as national leagues, leagues for schools, and
more. For us, it is a given that we need to create the right conditions
for young girls and women to play, socialize and compete in a
hate-free and equal-opportunity environment. "
- Johan Bengtsson, Head of Sales and Partnerships Challengermode
aim of the league is to give women in esports an honest chance to
compete on a high level and to achieve their full potential as players
and teams. The environment in competitive computer gaming is often very
hard and unforgiving against women, mainly as a result of their gender.
As a woman, you are often faced with all manner of harassment along
with an unfair skepticism about your ability. The goal of the Women's
Esports League is to level the playing field and improve female
esports. In the long run, the vision is to completely decomission the
league, as the need for a league for only women becomes unnecessary
when everyone can compete on equal terms.
are constantly working to make the esports more inclusive and equal.
The goal for this league is the same as the goal for our esports
community, that it wont be needed at all in the future. We want
everybody to be able to compete on equal terms, with no trace of
harassment and hate."
- Olivia Mattsson, tour director at Female Legends
qualifiers for the league will start in December and season 1 is set
to start in the first quarter of 2019. The prize pool for the first
season is going to be around €5,000 (SEK 50,000) and the ambition is to
gradually increase the prize season by season as the league grows.
WEL is a sister project to the NEL (National Esports Leagues)
framework, an initiative by Challengermode aimed at creating a
structure for regular players that enables them to compete in open
national or regional leagues and climb all the way to major
international professional competitions.
is a Swedish tech startup working on a competitive gaming platform that
offers the most accessible competitive gaming experience for
professional and non-professional gamers alike. Working closely with
game developers, brands and tournament organizers, the Stockholm based
company provides an esports platform built to combat a growing
disconnect within the esports industry.
of thousands of tournaments have been hosted through the platform
together with partners and brands such as Dreamhack and OMEN by HP. Some
of these include the "Nordic University Esports Championship" and
"League of Schools", two popular school competitions. With these and
future competitions Challengermode aims to build a bridge between
amateurs and professionals and provide a clear path to the top.