On Thursday, esports organization Complexity Gaming announced a new women/nonbinary VALORANT tournament it will host called the Complexity Gaming Paradox Invitational. The event will take place from March 25-26 to celebrate Women’s History Month. According to Complexity, the Paradox Invitational will be the first of several VALORANT tournaments the organization plans to host this year to support women and nonbinary players.
“Complexity has a longstanding record of supporting underrepresented gamers with half of their creator roster identifying as women,” said Justin Kenna, CEO, GameSquare in a press release. “By empowering diverse voices and providing opportunities for gamers of all backgrounds, we’re creating a more equitable and sustainable future for esports.”
The Paradox Invitational will be a double-elimination bracket competition over two days between eight of the favorite VCT Game Changers teams in the Americas. These include squads like Complexity’s own GX3, Evil Geniuses, CLG Red, KARMA, Leviatán, Akave Girls, Velaris, and Hamboigas.
“Competitions like these help provide more opportunities for marginalized genders for increased visibility and awareness,” said Alice “Alimonstr” Lew, Team Manager, Complexity GX3 in a press release. “Our goal is to normalize our presence in this space to help eliminate toxicity. We belong, and we’re here to stay.”
The Paradox Invitational and subsequent VALORANT tournaments for marginalized genders coming this year are another step in Complexity’s initiative towards “breaking down barriers in gaming and empowering future generations of gamers.” The organization has already organized women-led tournaments in other esports, like Apex Legends. Complexity has also hosted summer camps to promote diversity, and sponsored a women’s streaming series in partnership with Denny’s. Complexity also boasts a creative and competitive roster that’s 50% women.
Fans can tune into the tournament starting March 25 at 3 p.m. CT via the official Complexity Gaming Twitch channel.