INIT ESPORTS is championing diversity, inclusion and equality with a unique event that will see six high profile athletes turn gamers to compete in a brand new arena: a competitive SIM race.
In the first event of its kind, Race Me will showcase the perfect entry point into the world of esports while promoting female gamers and athletes. Not all of the Race Me athletes are experienced gamers – in fact, for many of them this will be their first experience – but they can all drive. For this reason, SIM Racing is the perfect equalizer.
The six top athletes have demonstrated their innate competitive streaks in their individual sports. They will aim to channel this as they compete head-to-head in Race Me, which will be broadcast on our Twitch channel on 12th December 2020.
In today’s climate, we wanted to make a stand. Around the world, female athletes in nearly every discipline are underfunded, and in esports this is no different. In attracting a high calibre of athletes from a myriad of disciplines, Race Me will demonstrate that the gaming sector is a space in which women are welcome to compete and enjoy.
Gaming is also a fun and accessible way to get children involved in STEM from a young age. A British study in 2018 found that girls who play video games are three times more likely than non-gamers to pursue degrees in STEM subjects.
Stefy Bau, Director and co-founder of INIT ESPORTS said, “We are incredibly excited to reveal Race Me to the world. It is set to be an event like no other, with six incredibly competitive athletes turning their hand to the thrilling world of SIM Racing. INIT ESPORTS is on a mission to improve representation within the competitive gaming sector with a particular focus on women. Race Me gives a platform to showcase that SIM Racing offers a low barrier to entry to esports for those who have never tried it before, and that it is a welcoming and open community – though also incredibly competitive!”
Taking part in Race Me will be:
Madison Hammond, defender for OL Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)
Oksana Masters, Paralympic rower and cross country skier
Liv Morgan, professional wrestler (WWE)
Madison Packer, Metropolitan Riveters forward in National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
Aerial Powers, Washington Mystics player in Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA)
Hope Solo, former goalkeeper for the United States women’s national soccer team
The event will raise funds for the charity Girl Up, which empowers young women and girls to break down gender barriers and defend gender equality. Fighting discrimination and lack of access and opportunities in sports is just one of the issues that Girl Up is tackling in its fight for gender parity. To find out more about how you can donate, visit our dedicated Race Me Eventbrite page.
Race Me has attracted a wealth of partners aligned with its message of inclusivity and equality. Asus, Fanatec, and Next Level Racing have all provided hardware for the athletes to compete with on Motorsport Games’s NASCAR Heat 5. Further event partners include WWE, NWHL, Queer Esports, Nielsen, Mile 44, Driven by Diversity and SQN.
Stefy added, “By raising money for Girl Up, we’re also hoping to improve female participation in sports and esports at grassroots level, and the work the charity does to enable young women and girls to champion gender equality is incredible. We’re grateful for the support from our sponsors, without whom we would not be able to run this event. Who will be crowned Race Me champion on December 12th? We can’t wait to find out.”
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