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Women in esports to receive grants

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Nearly half of all women in the United States are gamers, according to market data firm Newzoo. The competitive esports scene, while still heavily dominated by men, has also started to see an uptick in female players and content creators. Still, gender equity issues and funding often hinder these women on the rise.

National nonprofit 1,000 Dreams Fund has set out to help women kick-start their gaming careers through a series of programs, including the BroadcastHER Academy Challenge. In partnership with the HyperX Esports Arena at Luxor and Allied Esports, the nonprofit will present four challenge winners with a $1,000 grant and a one-year fellowship to build their esports education.

These winners will also be flown to Las Vegas on April 29 to assist with the production of HyperX Arena’s Knockdown! Tekken video game tournament and meet key Allied Esports executives. Competitors will battle it out for a $125 prize pool for the top 2 players and other rewards for the bracket.

April 29, free entry to compete, HyperX Esports Arena at Luxor, hyperxarenalasvegas.com.

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