A lot more people than you realise play games in South Africa. Almost everyone I speak to has a FIFA story to tell me. However, most people don’t have the privileged access a lot of us have. Consoles are shared with everyone in the family, data is damn expensive and, for women, there’s a whole host of other issues that come with jumping online to play games. Women have it harder. We’re harassed just because we’re women. We’re expected to be mind blowing level awesome in game or we are often ridiculed for even trying. We’re treated like weird unicorns because we happen to enjoy a hobby that really is meant to be for everyone.
If you’ve been around for awhile you know that I’ve tried in the past to find ways to make gaming a more inclusive space. I haven’t always got it right and sometimes I’ve relied heavily on brand support which has ultimately watered down the true objective of what I’m doing to try get return for the corporate. Goliath Gaming and I have been speaking about this for awhile and we realised that together we can make this happen the way we envision it. Now, we do it differently.
Play FIFA Like A Girl
8 March is International Women’s Day. The day is historically used to celebrate the achievements of women around the world. For Women’s Day 2022 though, I think it’s time we create new achievements to celebrate. Alongside the incredible Goliath Gaming we’ll be hosting Play FIFA like a girl – a day to encourage more women to play some games, give them access to the hardware they might be lacking and create a new generation of South African FIFA stars. This is a physical event.
All COVID safety protocols will be followed.
When: Saturday 12 March 2022
Time: 10am to about 1pm
Where: Ridge Park Sports Club in Turffontein, Johannesburg
Who can attend: We’re keeping this event small and exclusive but are inviting young women in Johannesburg who either want to learn to play FIFA in a safe space or improve their game and potentially level up so they can start competing in FIFA tournaments. We’re prioritising ladies who need access to hardware, data and the game. The goal is to grow these in to regular and bigger events. For now, we’re hosting space for 20 ladies.
How do you get into the event?
Are you someone who wants to participate in this?
Do you know a young lady who would benefit from this experience?
Are you possibly involved with a group of girl gamers or know of a group that would want to be involved?
Please email me or Gabbi from Goliath Gaming with a bit of information about yourself, organisation or the lady you have in mind. We’re in the process of filling the spots and are also looking for sponsorship to ensure if transport costs need to be covered we can support financially there as well.
Each event attendee is going to receive a pretty epic goodie bag to get their FIFA game levelled up. We’ll make sure you’re well fed courtesy of some great small businesses who will be handling the catering. We’ve also got some incredibly rad FIFA players joining on the day to help you improve and to let you test your skills against them. I’ll be on hand to commentate with a few ladies wanting to try their hand at shoutcasting too.
Want to be involved?
Maybe you don’t want to participate but you’re keen to add support to Play FIFA like a girl. If you believe you can add value in some way both myself and Goliath Gaming are open to your ideas. We raise the community by being a community. If you think you can contribute in some way, feel free to email me or Gabbi from Goliath Gaming and lets see how we can grow this together.
Be sure to follow both myself and Goliath Gaming on social media, where we’ll keep you up to date on the event and, who knows, possibly share the next big FIFA star with you first!
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