INSIDE- FSL Female esports League Open- SEA's first All-Female Valorant Tournament
In the past few months, FSL had organized a series of 3 All-female Valorant tournaments- FSL Valorant Open I / II / III- making it South East Asia's first ever Valorant tournaments for women.
FSL is Southeast Asia's premier female gaming circuit, and a sustainable platform for female gamers founded in 2019. Since then, FSL has been is working towards taking the female representation, in the the top tier of esports by organizing all-female tournaments for RTS games like Dota 2 and LOL since early 2019, and now they are also covering FPS titles like Valorant too.
FSL Open Valorant I was won by Team Celeste , FSL Open Valorant II was won by Team Ahvuvulurant and FSL Open Valorant III was won by Team Celeste.
A word from the CEO and founder of FSL
In an interview with Tammy Tan CEO of FSL we asked her about the current position of women in the esports ecosystem, she said "the number of women playing games across all platforms is more or less on par with men, the amount of time and money that women spent on games is also getting closer to half of the total figures of each. Women are involved in all aspects of the esports ecosystem - in jobs in gaming companies, as team managers, as production crew, casters... However, we don't see many women professional players in professional tournaments, or professional teams."
We also asked her about FSL's future plans to promote women in esports at higher scales, she said "We are always looking for opportunities to expand our league overseas. We are also keen to re-start our offline tournaments so that the competitors can attend a live event and get to know each other in real life. Once the skill standard increases, we also hope to run different tiers of tournaments - community, amateur, professional. Currently, it's more of an 'intro to competitive gaming' for most of our participants, where we try to reach as many aspiring competitive gamers as possible and let them try their hand at forming teams and taking part in tournaments. Moving forward we would love to hold international tournaments with larger prize pools."
Concluding the interview we asked her about her expectations from the esports industry for participation of women, "In light of the pandemic, esports has actually been thriving in the spotlight as a great way for people to remain connected whilst being isolated at home. We hope that as esports gets more exposure and acceptance in the general community, we will see greater involvement of women in all areas of the industry - from game development of esports titles, to execution of esports events, to participation as competitors."