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Nordic gaming festival Nordsken to host first ever Women’s Esports League finals

Press release   •   Apr 15, 2019 11:40 CEST

Women's Esports League finals to be played at Nordsken Festival in the far North!

Women’s Esports League (a European esports league for women) was launched by the non-profit organization Female Legends in collaboration with esports platform Challengermode during the end of 2018. The competition is played in the games League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The first Season started in February of 2019 and is set to be completed during the middle of May. So far a total of 74 all-female esports teams from multiple European countries have competed online at www.challengermode.com to be crowned the best European Female CS:GO or LoL team.

Challengermode and Female Legends together with Nordsken are now happy to announce that the 2 finalists in each game will travel to the Nordsken game festival in Skelleftå, May 30th - June 1st, 2019, to compete in front of a live audience and for the title of WEL Season 1 Champions along with their part of the €5000 prize pool. Sponsoring WEL is OMEN by HP, Mionix and Boliden.

Nordsken is a gathering for everyone who is interested in games, whether it is esports or single-player adventures, culture and creativity, which makes Nordsken the optimal partner for WEL to host its first ever live event and final.

The WEL Finals, starting on the 1st of June, we’ll see the finalists in both games compete on-stage in a best-of-3 match that will also be broadcast live via Female Legend’s Twitch channel (www.twitch.tv/femalelegends). More information regarding the casting talent that will be delivering this amazing experience to the audience will be announced shortly.

We at Female Legends are pleasantly surprised by the high number of participants that WEL has already had in the first season. Over 200 participants spread over two leagues is a fantastic result that we are proud of. It also shows that the pro scene screams for similar commitments. It feels incredibly fun that we together with Challengermode and Nordsken can show off these awesome players. The finalists are worthy of a cool experience and I hope this will create rings on the water. This is the start of something big.
- Olivia Mattsson, Tournament manager at Female Legends.

The team at Nordsken have a proven track record of organizing great gaming and esports events. So we couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to host the season 1 WEL Finals at the Nordsken festival this spring. We hope that bringing the WEL to Nordsken is not only a great thing for the local esports scene but that it also marks a milestone for women’s esports in general. This is a step towards a more inclusive and hate-free competitive environment and we are more than happy to take this step together with Female Legends & Nordsken, who’s values perfectly align with ours."
- Philip Skogsberg, CMO at Challengermode

"The fact that Challengermode and Female Legends have chosen Nordsken to be the host of Women's Esports League is a fantastic acknowledgment that our long-term work on inclusion has paid off. We really look forward to host the event and hope for an exciting playoff."
Linn-Marie Edlund Project Manager at Nordsken.

Women's Esports League is a collaboration by the non-profit organization Female Legends and the esport platform Challengermode created to provide girl gamers a chance to compete and socialize in an environment free from hate and toxicity, where everyone can compete on equal terms. The ultimate goal of the initiative is that the League itself won’t be needed in the future.

The next season of WEL will be officially announced in June and is set to start in September 2019.

Challengermode

Challengermode is a Swedish tech startup working on a competitive gaming platform that offers the most accessible competitive gaming experience for professional and non-professional gamers alike. Working closely with game developers, brands and tournament organizers, the Stockholm based company provides an esports platform built to combat a growing disconnect within the esports industry.

Tens of thousands of tournaments have been hosted through the platform together with partners and brands such as Dreamhack and OMEN by HP. Some of these include the "Nordic University Esports Championship" and "League of Schools", two popular school competitions. With these and future competitions Challengermode aims to build a bridge between amateurs and professionals and provide a clear path to the top.

Female Legends

Female Legends is an association that works for girls and non-binary to be a natural part of e-sport and that it should be equal on the pro scene. It is a community for girls and non-binary gamers that has grown rapidly since the start in 2016, and today has over 2500 members. The community offers a safe, motivational and friendly environment for all members. Daily there are activities going on such as coaching in Overwatch and League of Legends, game nights and online conversations between all members.

Female Legends welcomes all girls and non-binary who are into all forms of e-sports and gaming, from grassroots to a professional level!

Elin Boström, Communications, elin@femalelegends.com

Nordsken

Nordsken 2019 will be the 8th event and the first one took place in 2012 and since then Nordsken has grown to be one of the most popular events in Scandinavia of its kind.

Nordsken is a meeting place for games, culture, and creativity. A meeting place where you can feel at home regardless if you're a professional in the industry, a beginner, or just curious. Building a community is our priority.

Nordsken is organized by Nordskens vänner.

Linn-Marie Edlund, Project Manager, lm@nordsken.se

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