Intel and ESL are going to work together to support inclusivity in eSports

Intel and ESL are heading up the AnyKey initiative in eSportsESL and Intel are teaming up to find out why some in the gaming world, specifically professional eSports, are not as inclusive as they should be when it comes to different sexes. The initiative is called AnyKey which aims to create opportunities and advocate for underrepresented groups in eSports.

AnyKey is essentially made up of two teams: the first, headed by MIT professor T. L. Taylor, will conduct proper research into the imbalances that exist and why they exist, through the likes of audience studies at live events and industry workshops, and then publish the findings in white papers. The second team, led by Morgan Romine (formerly of Red5 and Ubisoft), will then take the findings and have a look at whether there’s a need and the means to address them.

AnyKey is supporting events such as the women’s CS:GO event Intel Challenge Katowice, kicking off March 4, where it’ll be present in the AnyKey lounge, “a welcoming space for conversation, information exchange, and networking.”

AnyKey’s first project was a workshop and panel organized for the first TwitchCon in September 2015, where it said:

“Esports has grown tremendously in the last several years and its success can be tied to the rise of broadcast platforms like Twitch. While there are a many stories to be told about this growth, this panel will focus on the women who have helped build the esports scene. From players to team managers to those working in the game industry, women have been involved in competitive gaming since its earliest days.”

This panel invited key women in esports to talk about how they came to competitive gaming, their professional paths within it, and the possibilities and challenges in broadening future participation. Attendees got a chance to learn about the history of women in e-sports, as well as ways they might get involved. Whether as fans, competitors, or industry professionals, attendees will learn about a variety of ways they can develop their passion for competitive gaming.