5 June 2016 - 18:00

SKYLLA announces multi-gender tournament

SKYLLA has announced a tournament series that will pit male and female teams against each other this summer.
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A new tournament series, presented by Unikrn, Challengeme.gg and noble chairs, will pit male and female Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams against each other. 

SKYLLA, a grassroots tournament host, will provide seven matchups to allow ambitious teams to show their worth no matter the gender. There will be a collection of 12 invited teams, eight male and four female, and more from the two open female qualifiers. 

“The SKYLLA tournament series fits perfectly into the vision of Unikrn when it comes to women in technology and gaming,” Rahul Sood, CEO of Unikrn, said in the press release. “We love the idea to support up & coming teams and we hope that this tournament will act as a stepping stone to them.” 

Traditionally, male and female teams have played in separate tournaments. SKYLLA is one of the first tournaments to openly showcase talent from both genders in CS:GO. 

GosuGamers, an esports coverage outlet, will be the official media coverage for the tournaments. 

“At GosuGamers, we are huge fans of anything that genuinely aims to pave the way for more women to enter into the competitive esports scene,” Victor Martyn, CEO of GosuGamers, said. 

In the press release, SKYLLA stated that its founding idea has been met with support from many esports experts. Heather “sapphiRe” Garozzo, Lauren “Pansy” Scott and Matthew “Sadokist” Trivett are among the high-profile gaming figures that have expressed positivity for the tournament series. 

“SKYLLA is a very unique community project and it excites us that so many known influencers have shown their support.” Jonas Black, BM of noble chairs, said. “We will definitely give out some amazing chairs to the viewers and we hope that this tournament becomes a threshold within the CS:GO community!” 

The sign-up for the first female-only qualifier has already closed and the event began Saturday, June 4th, but teams can follow SKYLLA’s Facebook or Twitter to see when the second qualifier sign-up will be announced. The female-only qualifiers will be stream on Twitch.tv along with the rest of the tournament.
“We want to create storylines that are exciting to follow and give lesser known teams a chance to step into the limelight. Tom Jang Lemke, VP of Business Development at Unikrn, said in the press release. “It is a community tournament for the community and I hope that it will be well received just like the first tournament series “Caseking of the hill, which I created with Anders and Semmler 2 years ago!”

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