In general, esports is more inclusive than most sports around the world. It’s inclusive because there are very few limitations to playing games online. Unlike, for example, the traditional sports like, soccer, tennis, and volleyball, athletes are not only divided up between men’s and women’s teams but also physically impaired people have to compete separately. Ultimately, it’s all about the skills in the game. Whatever game you play in esports, you are not limited or divided into groups. It doesn’t matter if you are a certain gender, race or size in esports. You are digitally equal. However, this doesn’t mean that esports is absent of gamers being biased, sexist, or racist.
In recent years, esports has repeatedly made headlines due to bullying and harassment scandals of high-profile female players, but also disadvantages for colored people or the physically impaired. Thankfully there are organizations and communities like the *gameHERs that are trying to make a positive change. The*gameHERs is a women-led community dedicated to amplifying and centering
the voices of women gamers and femme identifying gamers across the spectra of gender identity and expression, who are comfortable in spaces that center women. Gamers who identify as women represent almost half the gamers in the world. Women gamers are rarely represented, heard, and recognized. The gameHERS organization mission is to advance the role, voice, image, and power of all the*gameHERs in the game industry.
Other amazing organizations that parents should know about are:
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If you are new to esports then this is a great place to start. Let’s start by defining what esports is. Esports is an organized competitive gaming format with prizes and goals such as prize money or valuable gaming products.
With esports quickly becoming a billion dollar industry, more amazing jobs are becoming available beyond just gaming. There are limitless opportunities for upcoming teens in the esports world. Most parents think the only career in esports is professional gaming.