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    Play Fifa Like A Girl workshop to empower females in gaming

    The Play FIFA Like A Girl workshop, hosted by Sam "Tech Girl" Wright and Busisiwe Masango-Steenkamp, Fifa esports player for Goliath Gaming, taking place on 4 March 2023 in Johannesburg, aims to empower women and girls in gaming and provide an opportunity for female Fifa players to take their FIFA gameplay into the realm of competitive esports.
    Busisiwe Masango-Steenkamp and Sam “Tech Girl” Wright. Image supplied
    Busisiwe Masango-Steenkamp and Sam “Tech Girl” Wright. Image supplied

    This follows the inaugural Play Fifa Like A Girl workshop in 2022, which was conceptualised and run by Wright and Gabbi Brondani Rego from Goliath Gaming, and hosted at Ridge Park Sports Club.

    “The Play FIFA Like A Girl concept was created with the intention of providing a safe and supportive space for women and girls to either learn to play Fifa or to improve on their skills, as well as to cultivate a stronger community of female Fifa players in SA. Consoles were provided for everyone to jam on, with some of South Africa’s top pro Fifa players from Goliath Gaming joining to coach the gamers who wanted to take their competitive FIFA to the next level. With all of that in mind, it was important for us to find a way to take Play FIFA Like a Girl to the next level,” says Wright.

    “The Goliath Gaming pro players at the first event scouted Busi and after playing a few matches against her convinced their organisation to keep an eye on her and consider signing the FIFA player because of her talent. I wanted to help Busi and other women work towards being competitive in the various FIFA esports tournaments in the country, and hopefully internationally too. We see no women signing up for these competitions and I truly believe that to build women in esports they need to be competing not only at women-specific events but also the current events taking place,” Wright adds.

    Masango-Steenkamp echoes Wright’s sentiments. “Empowering women in gaming in South Africa means breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for growth and success in a male-dominated industry – this holds true for titles such as Fifa and others. It's time to unleash the potential of women in the virtual arena and make their mark on the world of FIFA,” says Masango-Steenkamp.

    The workshop will be focused on girls and women (from the age of 15 years and up) who are serious about improving their competitive Fifa gameplay.

    The team behind the event hopes it will build a strong foundation of competitive female Fifa players who ultimately can build on their skills to make an impact on local and international events.

    There is no cost to attend, though spaces are limited. Register for the Play FIFA Like A Girl workshop. Registrations close on Wednesday, 1 March 2023

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