Female VALORANT pro reortedly rejected by male players for tier-1 VCT trials – Breaking into the esports scene as a female player can be tough. Hence, when one is turned down from practicing against the best teams, it can be heartbreaking. Yesterday, we got to know that a female VALORANT professional player was rejected from VCT team trails by male players who did not want to “play with a woman”. Let’s dive into it.
Female VALORANT pro reortedly rejected by male players for tier-1 VCT trials
On Sept. 19, esports reporter Rod “Slasher” Breslau revealed on a Twitch video with Sean “sgares” Gares that a female VALORANT pro had been turned away by tier-1 VCT team trials because at least one male player did not want to “play with women.” This topic came up while both esports personalities were talking about the VCT Game Changers player Melanie ‘meL’ Capone.
While sgares was explaining meL’s leadership abilities, Slasher pointed out, “Every single team that she has tried to scrim with, at a tier one level, has refused to try out because there was at least one player on the team that does not want to play with a woman.”
Slasher goes on to talk about how female players have been treated in this manner in the esports since the beginning. He also gave an example of VCT Game Changer champion, Michaela “mimi” Lintrup, who faced similar issues during her professional CS:GO career previously.
I heard this exact same thing in Counter-Strike. [mimi] was the best female player. They had won every single championship in the women’s league, she was doing great, she was the best player on her team. And when I was speaking to her, she was telling me she couldn’t even try-out for tier-2 teams, or even tier-3 teams, for the exact same reason. Is that players on those teams did not want to practice with a woman.
in some scenarios that meL was unable to trial for teams, it was due to her buyout or other reasons that had zero to do with sexism. mixed gender esports teams should absolutely be more commonplace than they are now, and I don’t want this situation to further us from that reality
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) September 19, 2023
Later, Slasher went on to Twitter to clarify that gender bias was not always the reason for meL’s rejection for VCT scrims. “In some scenarios, it was due to her buyout reasons that had zero to do with sexism,” Slasher said. He then goes on to point out both him and sgares were speculating on the current free agent transfer market in the video. Both of them believe that meL deserves to be in conversation with everyone else.
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