The world’s largest eSports company, ESL, has teamed up with Intel to found the AnyKey Organization, a group set to focus on supporting diversity in the competitive gaming industry.
The organization’s main goal is to create inclusive spaces/atmospheres and to advocate for underrepresented members of the competitive gaming community. This includes but is not limited to, the LGBTQ community, women and people of a variety of ethnicities.
Jesse Sell, Senior Manager of Pro Gaming, Business and Strategy at ESL stated, “The need for an organisation such as AnyKey is clear, and with the help of Intel we have been able to make it a reality.” He also went on to say “AnyKey initiatives are well under way and with those that will debut at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice and beyond, we hope to be an advocate for positive change. We’re looking to broach a subject that most shy away from – it’s a daunting road that lies ahead but we have a fantastic team on board and we’re confident we can make a difference.”
I find it depressing that in this day and age that there is a need for an organization that focuses on this. By now this should just be happening naturally within the industry. We all love gaming, race, gender and sexual orientation shouldn’t matter one bit.