Today, Dignitas announced that its two-time world championship Women’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team will also compete in Riot Games’ new 5v5 character-based tactical first-person shooter, VALORANT. This marks the first time a women’s professional team will compete in multiple gaming titles.
The team will compete in two remote tournaments this weekend starting on May 16 in the ANEW VALORANT Women’s 1K Open. On Sunday, May 17 at 2 p.m. EST, Dignitas Fe (Female) will compete in the Elite Esports Rivalry Bowl International, which features many of the top male and female VALORANT teams in North America and Europe.
“With VALORANT, our team has identified a game with a number of transferable skills to CS:GO – namely team chemistry, communication, aim, reaction time and strategy – while being a game that is easy to learn and yet enormously difficult to master,” Dignitas Fe player Emmalee “EMUHLEET” Garrido told The Esports Observer. “We look forward to applying the skills we’ve learned and are forever continuing to craft and perfect in CS:GO to this new, exciting esports title.”
“VALORANT has been responsible for introducing the FPS game genre to countless women who have otherwise not played team-based FPS games,” Dignitas Fe player Melisa “Theia” Mundroff added. “As DIG Fe, we hope to take the skills we’ve learned in CS:GO and apply them to VALORANT, while, as importantly, paving the way for female gamers who have ambitions to compete in esports.”
With the Riot Games announcement that VALORANT would remain an open ecosystem, at least for the first year, the title could be the catalyst in furthering women’s esports. As it stands, CS:GO’s open system has allowed women’s teams more opportunities to compete. League of Legends has no professional women competitors and Se-yeon “Geguri” Kim of the Shanghai Dragons is the only woman playing in the Overwatch League. VALORANT could change this.
DIG Fe’s roster includes Team Captain Emmalee “EMUHLEET” Garrido, Amanda “rain” Smith, Kiara “milk” Makua and Melisa “theia” Mundorff.
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