The gender-based segregation in the IeSF World Championships came to light when fans criticized the Finnish Assembly Summer 2014 Hearthstone tournament for only allowing male participants. the Finnish tournament has only enacted this rule because its tournament feeds into the IeSF World Championship. The IeSF, therefore, is ultimately responsible for Assembly’s “no men in Hearthstone” rule.
The IeSF’s explanation for this segregation? “The decision to divide male and female competition was made in accordance with international sports authorities, as part of our efforts to promote e-Sports as a legitimate sports.”
By enforcing this segregation-by-gender in its World Championships, the IeSF is propagating the myth that women are inherently less talented at playing video games competitively than men. If anything, esports offer an advantage to traditional sports in that men and women begin on an even playing field, by default.
So they missed equestrian sports, which are Olympic events and not segregated by gender? Because I would think e-sports would be the same.
Or mixed doubles tennis?
Or pairs skating and ice dance?