The competitive League of Legends scene in Brazil is actively working to promote diversity, educating other regions to create an inclusive safe space for all players. CBLoL will kick off the 2021 season with five female players included in four of the franchise’s ten teams, while the country will see its first tournament focused on the transgender community.
Competitors for the 2020 World Championship representing the Brazilian region, INTZ has once again brought a female player to their roster, Mid Laner Taina “Yatsu“Santos will be active in the team’s academy roster, passing through his replacement role with Support Júlia”Mayumi“Nakamura in the previous year.
LOUD joins CBLoL for the first time in 2021, bringing the first team stacked, adds Jungler Elizabeth “Liz“Sousa is on the Academy’s list of players. Coming from the Brazilian football scene, Cruzeiro Esports will add Support players” Larissa “Lawi” Santos, and Mid Laner Ariel “Ari” Lino. Rensga Esports brings back Gabriela “Harumi“Gonçalves as their substitute support player, the first woman to compete in the official LoL Esports competition in Brazil.
The first steps to include women in the professional League of Legends scene have been given, however, we have yet to see women playing official matches on the CBLoL stage.
The competitive League of Legends scene will have its first championship focused on the transgender community. The competition, named “Copa Rebecca Heineman, after the American video game designer, programmer and first video game champion, will take place on January 29, 2021, the national date for Transgender Visibility in Brazil.
Hosted by Sher “Transcurecer”, one of the leading trans women in esports, the tournament focuses on coaching and discovering transgender talent, as well as offering workshops for players looking to step up their game.
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