Who said girls can’t game as well as boys? It’s 2021 already! One of the newer fights for gender equality is for female recognition in the competitive gaming scene.
Enter ‘Rise of Athena’, an all-female Valorant tournament hosted by IACT’s The New NRML – an event run by final-year Diploma students of the creative communications college. The event is officially sponsored by Acer’s Predator, gaming distributor OffGamers, healthy food distributor Love Earth, fashion brand HYPE, and gaming organisation KITAMEN.
A total of 16 all-girl teams from Malaysia and Singapore will be competing for a prize pool of up to RM3,000! The first-person shooter tournament will unfold with qualifier rounds on 10 & 11 July, with 8 teams in the final live play offs which will take place on the weekends of 17 & 18 July.
The tournament finals on 17 & 18 July will officially be live streamed on The New NRML’s Facebook page.
Getting to know more of the heart behind #ROAValorant, we spoke to Adriana Khoo, a representative organising member at The New NRML.
“Although we’ve been in the digital era for a while, female gamers are still being judged on their gender with constant remarks about how video games are made for men, which can be incredibly toxic at times and tiring for girls all around,” shares Adriana.
“Being gamers ourselves, we understand that this is a serious issue that is not being properly addressed. Having that thought, we want to empower female participation in the competitive scene, by providing a platform for women to compete without the occurrence of discrimination.”
When asked about her feelings on hosting such a large-scale online event, the young college student replied, “All my life, I’ve only ever watched eSports tournaments through a screen, but to actually host an international Valorant tournament for my final-year project as a Diploma student and gaining participation from Singapore as well?
“I’m incredibly excited and can’t wait for the games to begin! It’s going to be a great experience, especially for our first event hosting.”
The theme for this competition draws its inspiration from Athena, the Olympian goddess of wisdom and war in Greek mythology. Athena is used as the tournament’s official emblem to promote and represent the female demographic in the virtual competitive battlefield.
Team Registration slots are still open and available until the 4th of July, with a set registration fee of RM50 per team. Tournament rules, registration, and other details about the event can be found on The New NRML’s Facebook page.
The New NRML, established in June 2020, is a student-run event page which has since organised and hosted a number of virtual events live streamed to audiences via social media. Events hosted by The New NRML include live concerts, online workshops, and even a virtual auction. The New NRML has since strived to provide a complimentary, entertaining, and engaging experience for all.