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GAMING IS FOR EVERYONE. ESPORTS ISN’T (YET).
Starting with the eternal quest for the Arcade leaderboard, competitive video gaming has witnessed exponential growth culminating in the current day billion-dollar esports industry. Gaming is no longer a casual pastime, but a rich and vibrant ecosystem that competitors, broadcasters, coaches, artists, and more can now call a career.
Gaming has long drawn in a diverse crowd, with almost half of the participants identifying as female and 10% LGBTQIA+. Esports, unfortunately, do not reflect this.
Lack of access to resources & mentorship, gate-keeping, toxic environments and overt harassment have pushed marginalized genders, as well as queer and BIPOC individuals away from the industry.
…but not for long.
The Queer Women of Esports Capstone Project is designed to showcase our mentor and mentee’s talents, create a more diverse and inclusive community, and stimulate professional and personal growth.
Find a spark
Starting from the day they are accepted into the program, mentees are encouraged to think about how they can use their skills and leverage their mentor’s expertise to improve the esports and gaming industry.
Build upon your idea
After settling on one or two barriers that resonate with the mentee, they are encouraged to begin thinking about solutions they can enact themselves.
Use your resources
Mentees are paired with industry leaders who are allied with the mission of QWE and are encouraged to draw upon the wealth of their knowledge to formulate and enact their project. Mentors are encouraged to connect mentees with any relevant connections or resources that are needed to see the project to fruition.
Teach & Inspire
At the end of the six-month cycle, mentees are given the opportunity to present their project to their fellow classmates as well as an independent advisory board. Top projects will receive a monetary scholarship totaling $5,000 USD.
We know that public speaking isn’t for everyone, so while the presentation is encouraged, it is not mandatory. Please note, only mentees who choose to present will be considered for the final scholarship