Most popular women’s esports ecosystems

Women’s esports has experienced a significant rise in popularity, with increased investment from stakeholders to enhance female participation in the scene. In 2023, the total watch time for female esports broadcasts reached 28 million hours, according to Esports Charts. Additionally, peak viewership for women’s esports surged by over 198%, from 392,400 in 2022 to 1.37 million in 2023.

Organizations such as Gen.G, Luminosity, Dignitas, and G2 Esports have been at the forefront of signing women’s rosters across various competitive titles. G2 Esports, for instance, has already secured two VCT Game Changers Stage championships in 2024. UK-based Guild Esports has also made significant strides in the women’s esports scene by organizing a series of women’s tournaments.

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Among the most popular women’s esports ecosystems, VALORANT stands out due to its impressive viewership figures and substantial prize pools. Riot Games, the publisher of VALORANT, quickly took steps to create a more inclusive esports environment following the game’s launch in 2020. The VCT Game Changers initiative, launched in 2021, demonstrated Riot’s commitment to organizing women-led events within the VALORANT ecosystem.

The Game Changers’ two World Championships in 2022 and 2023 achieved peak viewing figures of 239,334 and 293,993 viewers, respectively, making VALORANT the most popular PC women’s esports scene. Only Mobile Legends: Bang Bang has achieved higher viewing figures, highlighting the robust and growing interest in women’s esports.

This surge in popularity and investment indicates a promising future for women’s esports, with continued efforts to create inclusive and competitive environments for female gamers worldwide.

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