EDITOR’S NOTE: The group of players denied entry into the tournament turned out to be men pretending to be transgender women as a joke. That report can be found here.)
The ESL will reportedly look into changing its rules about female-only tournaments after a group of transgender women were denied entry to an event.
Anna Rozwandowicz, ESL director of communications, told Kotaku that since news broke last week of Sly Buehl Rigilio, a transgender woman whose team was declined entry to a female-only Counter-Strike tournament hosted by ESL, that the organization is considering changing its policies to be more inclusive.
“We believe that esports and gaming should and can be an inclusive, and I have taken steps internally to revisit the tournament rules and to align them with AnyKey’s recommendations,” she told Kotaku. “We definitely want to make sure that this will not happen again, so I’m working with admins and AnyKey to investigate this case and advise on a policy change.”
Rigilio and her team were not allowed to compete at the Munich Finest Gaming Female Open, and she was allegedly told ““No males are allowed. Please take care fake your gender can be penalized.” When she asked why, Rigilio was told all members of her team needed to produce passports to prove they were women. According to the tournament’s rules, every team with five female players is able to play, further detailing that if the tournament isn’t “sure about the gender of any player, we will need an official documentation stating a player’s gender is female.”
That caused angst for Rigilio, who told Buzz Feed News ““Some of us have already started (hormone replacement therapy), and some others are fairly new to coming out and expressing themselves as a female…I know some of the girls in the group have yet to go through the trouble of getting their info changed on [their passports], so we are out of luck.”