TSM announced the addition of a new all-women Valorant roster, joining other esports organizations such as Cloud9, Evil Geniuses, and Dignitas that have developed women rosters for the league. Valorant has started to become a positive ecosystem for women competitors, whether they’re making the switch from CSGO or not, and it’s awesome to see more organizations offering support.
The TSM squad consists of captain Catherine “Cath” Leroux, Katherine “LunarKats” So, Mirna “athxna” Noureldin, Emily ‘mle’ Peters, and Zoe “Zoe” Servais. TSM’s roster will compete in the Valorant Champions Tour Game Changers series, a new initiative launched by Riot Games to help introduce high level competition to marginalized genders.
Andy “Reginald” Dinh, Founder and CEO of TSM said: “This team represents the core values of TSM. We wanted the best players to build out our competitive Valorant presence – and we found them. Cath is a veteran leader who has shown clear dominance in various matches since 2017. Athxna shows real prowess as an in-game leader, and with the raw skill that LunarKats, mle, and Zoe possess, I see huge potential for this team.”
Cath added: “I’m beyond excited to join a well-established organization like TSM and bring my previous experience from CSGO into a fresh game like Valorant. My competitive drive never left, and I’m looking forward to competing again under the TSM banner.”
It’ll be interesting to see what other organizations begin to build all-women rosters. Cloud9 was one of the first to announce an all-women Valorant team which made its debut at Riot’s First Strike tournament qualifiers. With more women entering the industry as top competitors, the battle against gaming and esports’ toxic culture has never been more important. For Cloud9, it’s a way to help cultivate a new culture while pushing the industry through desperately-needed growth.
“One of the coolest things about esports and competitive gaming is that, unlike traditional sports, you’re playing with a mouse and keyboard,” Cloud9 Senior Marketing VP Kristen Salvatore told GamesBeat. “It genuinely does not matter who’s behind the game sitting at that keyboard in terms of their physical prowess or their gender or their cultural background. None of that matters. And so there is every reason that this should be a really powerful way to change what people think a team should be.”
With more organizations introducing women Valorant teams, it’ll introduce the perfect opportunity to develop a healthy atmosphere for women competitors. TSM’s first match will be on March 19 in the open qualifiers for VCT Game Changers. The team could potentially grab a piece of the $50,000 prize pool.