Female Legends gains £400k investment, wants to investigate ‘why so many’ girls stop playing esports in their early teens

Sweden-based female esports community Female Legends has secured 5.3m Swedish Crowns in investment (around £430,000), and detailed its 'future of esports' project.

The organisation, whose female League of Legends tournament was won by UK org exceL Esports at Dreamhack in December 2017, plans to use the money to get more women involved in esports.

Female Legends received the funding from the Swedish Arvsfonden - a state fund - and will be teaming u pwith gaming organisation Sverok, the University of Skövde and computer store Inet who will be supplying 45 computers for the project.

They plan to use the money to host esports boot camps for Swedish females aged 13 to 26 years old, educate parents and others around esports with conferences, and to find out why, in their own words, many girls stop playing esports in their teens.

Female Legends currently has over 1,600 members.

 

"Female-only tournaments can help women get enough self esteem to dare to move on to unisex tournaments and invest in a career in esports."
Liza Lind, Female Legends

 

Liza Lind, chairwoman of Female Legends, told Esports Insider: "Our objective is to get girls networking and improving in esports, while we at the same time investigate what parameters are influencing why so many girls stop playing esports in their early teens, and what obstacles they meet."

Liza added that female-only esports tournaments are good in the short-term, but not so good in the long-term.

She continued: "In the short-term, women need female tournaments in order to dare competing. We know by experience that many women do not compete in unisex tournaments out of fear of harassment.

"Female-only tournaments can help women get enough self esteem to dare to move on to unisex tournaments and invest in a career in esports."

Hans Andersson from Arvsfonden added: “Female Legends project 'the future of esports' is a good example of how you can include and engage children and young people.

"All around Sweden, there are many good ideas but often there’s a lack of funds. That’s why Arvsfonden exists."

Can we get an Arvsfonden state fund for esports in the UK, please?

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