Collegiate StarLeague announced Monday its 2020-2021 season, marking the organization’s 12th year of operation, and has expanded its offering to include a new Women’s League program. The collegiate esports organizer will offer competitions across multiple major esports titles including League of Legends, VALORANT, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Rocket League, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Fortnite.
Many of these titles have existing women’s esports initiatives. CS:GO has arguably the most robust women’s competitive ecosystem, with multiple professional organizations fielding all-women rosters including Dignitas and Counter Logic Gaming. Earlier today, Nerd Street Gamers and Spectacor Gaming announced a women’s VALORANT invitational with sponsorship from T1 and GFUEL. The Super Smash Bros. community has an active women’s tournament organization known as Smash Sisters. Esports organization Gen.G fields an all-women Fortnite roster that competes in high-level tournaments.
As opportunities for women to engage with the esports space continue to grow, so too will the ability for brands targeting women to activate in the industry. Gen.G’s focus on creating women’s initiatives brought with it sponsorships from Bumble and Benefit Cosmetics.
In addition to its new Women’s League, Collegiate StarLeague is further expanding its offering with intramural leagues, as well as a turnkey esports solutions business called CSL Esports, which the company announced last week.
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