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/…
This is some straight up nonsense. From the PC Gamer article:
Here's the tournament list, from the organisation's Facebook event page:
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
- Male Competition: Dota 2, Starcraft 2, Hearthstone, Ultra Street Fighter IV
- Female Competition: Starcraft 2, Tekken Tag Tournament 2
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: