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New Women’s Esports Program Launches, Raidiant Challenger Circuit

Raidiant and Twitch partner on an esports circuit for women with tournaments held throughout the year

Women’s esports and gaming broadcast platform, Raidiant is partnering with Twitch for Raidiant Challenger Circuit, a new esports program for women. The RCC offers competitive pro-am and influencer-driven tournaments for Fortnite, League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League and Valorant.

Raidiant considers the Raidiant Challenger Circuit an essential step towards empowering women in esports. The company aims to create a safe environment where female gamers can display their esports skills.

“As we continue to demonstrate that there’s a substantial appetite for more women’s esports programming,” says Heather Garozzo, Head of Raidiant, “I look forward to expanding upon our events and working with even more brands to support the community and provide opportunities for the thousands of women participants, talent, producers, and gaming professionals who make all of this possible.”

Dates through the year

The circuit kicked off this weekend on April 21st with the Raidiant Heroes Major. The event was part of Blizzard’s Calling All Heroes, a gender-inclusivity initiative that supports marginalized gender identities within Overwatch 2. Additional Majors will take place July 7th to 9th, November 17th to 19th, and January 19th to 21st, 2024. Each Major will broadcast over Twitch.

Lou Garate, Global Head of Sponsorship Sales at Twitch said, “Women have always been a part of gaming culture and it’s important that we continue to celebrate and champion their impact. By securing sponsors for the Raidiant Challenger Circuit, we want to support the continued growth of this fundamental sector of the gaming industry.”

Over the next few weeks, Raidiant plans to announce additional events within the circuit. Currently, Fortnite, League of Legends, Rocket League and VALORANT’s publishers are not sponsoring or endorsing the Raidiant Challenger Circuit tournaments.

Supporting Women in Esports

Since its launch less than two years ago, Raidaint has made it its mission to support and empower women in esports. The company recently handled the Psyonix’s Ally Women’s Open tournament for North American and European women’s Rocket League teams.

Other organisations are also working to support women in esports. Galaxy Racer will soon host a $100,000 Apex Legends Open event for women. Likewise, FIFAe recently launched FAMEHERGAME, an initiative to increase women’s participation in esports.

Written By

Jack Brassell is a freelance journalist and aspiring novelist. Jack is a self-proclaimed nerd with a lifelong passion for storytelling. As an author, Jack writes mostly horror and young adult fantasy. Also an avid gamer, she works as the lead news editor at Hardcore Droid. When she isn't writing or playing games, she can often be found binge-watching Parks & Rec or The Office, proudly considering herself to be a cross between Leslie Knope and Pam Beasley.

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