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Esports Summit: From NPC to Main Character: Queer Women of Esports

Gillian Linscott  (Director of Communications, Queer Women of Esports)

Blake Ward  (Affiliate, QWE)

Nikki Stout  (Development Lead, Queer Women of Esports)

Myleah Lofland  (Social Media Manager, Queer Women of Esports)

Amanda Solomon  (Partnerships Manager, Queer Women of Esports)

Rosa Menendez  (Esports Makeup Artist & Hairstylist, Esports Makeup)

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Esports

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: N/A: I would like to deliver a virtual presentation only

Gaming might be for everyone but esports is not - at least not for queer women. This panel will explore the progression of queer women from viewers and participants to working professionals in the esports industry. They will explore the challenges that queer women face in their careers and how they are working to solve the issues of inequality and lack of representation in all areas of the industry. This panel will feature prominent leaders in the industry who will lend their experience to help build towards a more inclusive esports industry. Join Dr. Lindsey Migliore, Amanda Solomon, Rosa Menendez, Gillian Linscott, Nikki Stout, and Sabina Hemmi as they talk through their experiences in esports and how they are all looking to change the esports landscape to be more diverse and inclusive.


The attendee takeaway will be to understand the issues women, especially queer women, face in esports. One of these main issues is the lack of representation and pay disparity between straight white men and our demographic in esports. Attendees will be provided the resources to support the diminishing of this gap through education, partnerships and donation.

Intended Audience

Attendees who are interested in learning about the challenges that queer women face in esports should come to this panel with a general understanding of esports industry and are willing to engage in a discourse that confronts the issues of sexism and gender discrimination.