they should feel right at home then lol
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I'm wondering if the person who made such a decision didn't anticipate a knee-jerk reaction or just doesn't care. I get the whole "taking e-sports seriously" thing but maybe e-sports doesn't need to be exactly like other organizations? Why not try to be a little better? I doubt any potential sponsor/affiliate would openly scoff at the lack of male/female segregation.
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i think it would be sensible in these kind of sports which mostly test the brain to have mens, womens, and 'open'. 'cause you know, with women competing in the mens chess division its not really a mens division any more, innit? its an open one.
'athletes' could compete in their gender, and/or open.
i would insist upon personally inspecting every athlete's gender myself by chromosomal karyotype.
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Let me elaborate a bit on the decision to create both male and female competitions. This decision serves two main goals of the IeSF:
1 - promoting female players. We know that e-Sports is largely dominated by male players and females players are actually a portion of the overall player base. By hosting a female-only competition, we strive to promote female gaming on a global scale.
2 - International standards. IeSF is very close to get e-Sports recognized as a true sports like it should be. Part of that efforts is to comply with the international sports regulations. For example, chess is also divided into male / female leagues.
But, we want you to know that we listen to you, and appreciate your feedback! Our efforts does not clash with the community opinion - but on the contrary - we are here for the future of e-Sports and will do our best to promote it as best as we can.IESF
I suppose I agree with their reasoning in that they are trying to conform to international standards, but I disagree with the regulations themselves; for non-physical "sports," there's no good reason to divide males and females.
I don't understand why they don't offer the same games to females, though.
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@jg4xchamp: That's dumb. What idiot thought those rules up. This is a video game we're talking about, not arm wrestling. Are they afraid some females would outsmart the males in Hearthstone? What a shame.
It's probably more to do with negative interaction... while I agree with you.... and I think this whole "seperate because woman can get offended/upset" only makes things worse.... what is the solution?
I think its sexist that gyms often have woman only areas .... and yet can take up the mens machines whenever they fancy. but oh well.
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because gamers just don't appear shitty enough to the public eye already...
they have seperate leagues... like pretty much any sport. how is this different.
Although I don't really see the point in it? In a physical sport it makes sense since a male athlete will typically have a physical advantage over a female athlete. Such an issue I'm assuming doesn't really apply to something like Hearthstone though.
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That's a very misleading title. Women and men are divided, they can play.
If anything, this gives women more of a chance to be recognized competitively. Due to the contrast in th amount of male players and female players, female players have a better opportunity at being recognized for being the best.
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The International e-Sports Federation's (IeSF) 6th e-Sports World Championship will take place this November, but if you're a woman looking to compete in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, you're apparently out of luck. Hearthstone, in addition to Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Dota 2, will be open to male entrants only according to a statement on the IeSF's Facebook page.
Right and where is the mediastorm about the "no men" female tournament held by the same people?
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