SimBin Studios have announced Women and Wheels, the first women-only Esports car racing competition.
This will be a time-limited competition which will launch on Steam this autumn. The competition will be donating a percentage of its revenue to female-focused charities. The competition “aims to provide a supportive, female-friendly environment that encourages more women to play eSports while drawing attention to the often hidden role of women in racing and automotive history”.
The head of SimBin Studios Allan Speed stated that Women and Wheels will aim to encourage women to participate in Esports and improve their skill in a supportive environment. The ultimate goal being to equal the participation in Esports and the competition with men.
Speed stated that “Around seven per cent of our race competitors are female. Unbelievably, that’s probably over average,” said Speed. “We want to see more women enjoying the thrills and spills of the virtual track, and eSports in general.”
CEO of Women in Games, Marie-Claire Isaaman stated “It’s a shame we need women-only teams, leagues and competitions in esports,” she continued “but until the sector fully matures, becomes more gender balanced and takes steps to eradicate online bullying and misogyny, they represent a great way to get more women involved by building communities, confidence and skills.”
Prizes for the Women and Wheels competition include a €3000 Racing Simulator Chair, two Fanatec Racing Wheel and Pedal Sets, a life coaching programme from Epiphany Junkie and more.