UPDATE: courtesy of a blackpanther: "They are making the "male" tournaments open for all, while still having the female-only tournaments to promote women's gaming." https://www.facebook.com/IeSFederation/...

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This is some straight up nonsense. From the PC Gamer article:

Here's the tournament list, from the organisation's Facebook event page:

  • Male Competition: Dota 2, Starcraft 2, Hearthstone, Ultra Street Fighter IV
  • Female Competition: Starcraft 2, Tekken Tag Tournament 2
It's an absurd division. Seemingly it tells us that Ultra Street Fighter IV is for boys, and Tekken Tag Tournament is for girls; that women aren't meant to play Dota 2 or Hearthstone; and that while both men and women

can

play Starcraft 2, they damn well better not do it together.

Of course, that's not what the IeSF are saying. Their reasoning is far more insidious than that. In a reply to a Facebook comment asking why men and women had been divided, the IeSF responded with the following:

"The decision to divide male and female competitions was made in accordance with international sports authorities, as part of our effort to promote e-Sports as a legitimate sports."

I'll let Jaina express my emotions:

Women Not allowed to Play Hearthstone in Tournament