A 180 degree decision was made by an eSports organiser in less than 24 hours.
Here’s a contender for ‘illogical decision of the week’ – League of Legends tournament organiser, Garena eSports, set a new rule for its upcoming meets. The new rule stated that each female team can only contain one lesbian, gay or trans woman.
Why was this rule imposed? Because “arguments and concerns from other participants who disputes that Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered Women members may probably have some unfair advantage,” said Garena.
Following the initial publishing of the restrictive rule, League of Legends developers, Riot Games, posted the following tweet in support of LGBT players at their official tournaments:
LGBT players are welcome at official LoL tourneys. We’re working with partners to ensure consistency with our values across all regions.
— Riot Games (@riotgames) February 3, 2015
However, fortunately, since the rule was imposed, Garena eSports have discussed the ruling with their partners and decided to completely remove the restrictions.
Garena said the following in a statement on Wednesday:
“Our initial ruling on LGBT player restrictions within the Iron Solari League has created a lot of good discussion and debate over the past 24 hours. After discussing the ruling with our partners and re-examining our approach, we have decided to remove these restrictions completely. This means that any player who self-identifies as female will be allowed to participate. We sincerely apologize for any offense we caused to the LGBT and gaming communities.
Our original intent when we put together this tournament was to promote diversity in the competitive gaming community. Hence, we are grateful to our players who have consistently provided their feedback to help us learn and improve as we strive to develop an inclusive gaming environment for all. We’ll also be keeping our promise of having an open dialogue with all parties as we plan this and future events.
We hope you will tune in to support these awesome teams and players in this upcoming tournament.”