Two-time Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) champions Diginitas Female are expanding their repertoire to include Riot Games’ highly-anticipated shooter Valorant.
Dignitas Female is composed of captain Emmalee “EMUHLEET” Garrido, Amanda “rain” Smith, Kiara “milk” Makua, Melisa “Theia” Mundorff, and Julie “Bouchard” Bouchard, who was recently added to the team on a trial basis.
“As both a competitive team and female pioneers in the esports space, we’re constantly on the lookout for new opportunities to better connect with our fanbase while also feeding our competitive edge,” said EMUHLEET.
“When presented with the opportunity to expand to Valorant, we quickly recognized the game as a sweet spot between a high skill esports title and a game that appealed to a broader gaming audience. DIG Fe and I look forward to the challenge of taking on an additional competitive title and hope to raise a trophy or two in Valorant.”
Dignitas Female’s expansion into Valorant is “the first step in a larger women’s empowerment initiative” that the organization has been planning for months.
“Our goal is to become esports’ most empowering and educational organization for professional and aspiring female gamers, content creators and fans,” said Dignitas CEO Michael Prindiville.
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Dignitas first established its all-female CS:GO squad back in February 2017, when it acquired the roster of Selfless Gaming Female. The team rose to fame with two back-to-back wins at the GIRLGAMER Esports Festival in 2017 and 2018, as well as at the Intel Challenge Katowice in 2018 and 2019.
They are the only women’s professional CS:GO team to claim back-to-back World Championship titles with their wins in Katowice.
Dignitas Female are making their Valorant debut this weekend. Their first event will be the ANEW Valorant Women’s 1K Open on May 16, followed by the Elite Esports Rivalry Bowl Invitational on May 17.
While Valorant is still just a month into its closed beta phase, the hype surrounding the game has been phenomenal. Big-name players from other shooter games like CS:GO, Apex Legends, and Overwatch are already trying their luck in Valorant’s fledgling competitive scene, well ahead of its expected rise to a top-tier esport.
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