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CS:GO has a thriving competitive scene, and remains at the pinnacle of competitive eSports. The game has a huge following, and recently the ESL Tournament launched a female-only league to encourage diversity in their competitive community. Many will argue that creating female-only leagues for a non-physical sport is counter-intuitive, but the practice is also seen in such games as Chess which are typically male-dominated. the creation of female leagues allows women to compete who would have been pushed out of a male dominated sport. Regardless of your views on the existence of a female league, there’s definitely a problem when a league designed for women and to increase diversity bans a team of women who desired to compete. A team of transgender women were just banned from ESL and told they could be “penalized for faking their gender”.

The fact that ESL is banning transgender players from competing in competitive CS:GO is problematic, as transgender men and women face opposition and discrimination just for living as their true gender every day. To be banned from an activity at which they excel and have practiced for extensively is especially heartbreaking. Team leader Sly Buehl Rigilio expressed her disappointment in an interview with Buzzfeed, saying “Gaming has always helped me cope with the burden of not being able to express my true feelings fully…As you’ve probably heard, we’re not very welcomed in this community, at least among the average player. [But when] I met a group of other transgender girls, things started to look up from there”

The team planned to start playing CS:GO competitively, sending in an application to participate in the 5-on-5 Female Open Summer 2017 tournament hosted by ESL and organized by Munich Finest Gaming. They received a response that they had been declined and were accused of faking their genders to get a competitive edge.

After outrage from an online community, the organization backtracked a bit and said that the transgender team would be allowed to compete if they could provide pictures of their passports with a female gender listed. This is still problematic, as while many transgender people are living as their true gender, many haven’t gone through the administrative process necessary to make it official on their passports.

This rejection is especially surprising, as ESL in cooperation with Intel founded the Anykey foundation, committed to “a long-term vision of a gaming community that is welcoming to all players, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, religious belief, background, or physical appearance.”

A recent update from PVPlive.com states that Anykey has come out against the choice to deny these transgender CS:GO players, stating:

“Regardless of what it says on your passport or ID, or what judgements people may want to make about who they think you are, at AnyKey we believe in a policy of “you are who you say you are.” This means that anyone who self-identifies and lives as a woman should be able to participate in any women-only tournament.”

Whether this disapproval from Anykey will sway the decision of ESL in the direction of allowing these players, it’s still disappointing to see this issue again in the CS:GO community which has a history of not being exactly welcoming to those who are different.

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It’s that time again when Sony unleashes a flood of discounts, offering nearly 3,000 games and add-on packs to tempt your wallet. There is a wide variety of standout options available, such as Monster Hunter World, priced at just £7.99, and the Deluxe Edition of Lies of P, now at a reduced price of £44.99.

These are a few of the impressive deals we came across while exploring the PS Store:

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Several of these deals are at all-time low prices, and as you may have observed, many of these packages come with extra DLC packs and content. Kindly be advised that the article will be updated with US pricing once it is available.

Meanwhile, has anything piqued your interest? Check out the PS Store for any current discounts, and share your findings in the comments below.

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SMT 5: Vengeance Reveals Extended Trailer, Physical Pre-Orders Available for PS5

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Moreover, there will be a $69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition offered, featuring DLC aimed at providing a smoother start for players in this challenging game, along with a couple of Demon Subquests.

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Tekken 8’s upcoming Tekken Shop will offer a variety of paid and free content exclusively on PS5

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Bandai Namco has confirmed that the Tekken Shop in the upcoming Tekken 8 will offer a mix of paid and free content. Premium items will be purchasable using a currency known as Tekken Coins. The Tekken Shop will undergo monthly updates, with the developer emphasizing that the intention is to enhance the competitive fighter with new customization items rather than solely for financial gain. However, there is no reason why it cannot be both.

Revealed in a recent Tekken Talk Live stream, chief producer Yasuda Esports shared some of the upcoming features for the Tekken Shop, seemingly aiming to address any potential criticism proactively. “It has been reported that certain individuals may experience an adverse response upon encountering the term’shop”; however, the focus remains on enhancing the game by introducing new customization options to maintain its appeal.”

According to Mr. Esports, the format will be similar to Tekken 7, and the focus is on improving the game experience rather than just making a profit.

Do you think Bandai Namco is establishing the Tekken Shop to maintain the game’s appeal, generate revenue from microtransactions, or perhaps a combination of both? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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