CoD esports confirms Women and Marginalised Gender League is in the works

CoD esports confirms Women and Marginalised Gender League is in the works

Written by 

Jack Marsh


14th Mar 2023 18:11

Shortly after the Overwatch League introduced a women's and marginalised gender league, Activision now looks prepared to do the same with its sister title, Call of Duty.

Despite it being one of the most popular games in the world, Women and marginalised genders haven't found too much success in Call of Duty esports.

But, much like VALORANT's Game Changers program that helps promote the women's game and the talented players, Call of Duty is planning on starting up a league which is dedicated to non-male players.

Daniel Tsay confirms Women and Marginalised Gender CDL concept

Only the likes of Emily-Rose "Emilia" Worrall and Kelsie "Kels" Grieg have been able to represent women in the second-tier competitions, showing that there's a clear need to have a pathway for non-male players to progress and learn from the best players in the CoDverse.

Now, Emilia has called out those at the top for their lack of effort in supporting women and marginalised genders, which probed CDL General Manager Daniel Tsay to reveal plans for an upcoming league.

"We have a few concepts but are still working on getting it across the line. Don't want you to think this is not recognized internally or forgotten about," said Tsay.

How would a Women's Call of Duty League look?

Currently, only two women compete in the Challengers Elite Cups, meaning that it's likely a women's and marginalised gender league would work as a spin-off to the challenger's scene.

Women should be encouraged to compete in both, similar to how VALORANT's Cloud9 White team of 2021 dominated the scene and also competed against men in the main professional circuit.

A league would then help women find a space to compete and learn from each other, which can only be good for promotion and elevation.

With a wealth of female content creators in Call of Duty, an ample league could be quite successful, although any outlines of its format have yet to be revealed.

Jack is an Esports Journalist at GGRecon. Graduating from the University of Chester, with a BA Honours degree in Journalism, Jack is an avid esports enthusiast and specialises in Rocket League, Call of Duty, VALORANT, and trending gaming news.

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