Today a bit of firestorm broke out when a post on Reddit revealed that only men can participate in Finland’s Hearthstone qualifier. It turns out this is due to The International e-Sports Federation and its policies.
The problem here is that no one seems to be able to find the source of these “international sports regulations”. Probably because there are no set in stone rules for such a thing. Chess, for instance, does allow men and women to compete against each other. Oh, and then there is an actual sport (well is at the Olympics 😛 ) were men and women compete on equal terms.
That is my issue. If you are going to segregate the sexes at least have proper reasoning all ready to go, elsewise you just have egg on your face and bring negative attention to your organization/cause. I also think it’s silly that there isn’t a men’s competition for Tekken.
It would seem that IeSF is taking feedback on board, but that could very easily be polite noise making. Call me cynical but I’m leaning towards it being nothing more than PR.