ESL and Intel have teamed up to found the AnyKey organization, a group with the core goal of creating more opportunities and inclusive spaces in eSports, while also advocating for members of underrepresented communities, such as LGBTQ, women, and people of color.
In order to effect change, the AnyKey organization has two branches, a research team and an implementation team. The research arm of the group is headed up by Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor T.L. Taylor. They’ve already published two whitepapers, and plan to publish more.
The development team is run by Morgan Romine, the former Director of eSports at Red 5 Studios and the Co-Founder of Ubisoft’s Frag Dolls. Her team takes the research done by the other half of the organization and uses their findings to create strategies and solutions to problems like under-representation.
The Senior Manager of Pro Gaming, Business and Strategy at ESL Jesse Sell wrote in their press release “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.“
The Intel Challenge Katowice, a pro Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament for women, is one of the diversity initiatives AnyKey is supporting. The Intel Challenge Katowice starts March 4th and goes through March 6th.
AnyKey will also have a lounge at the tournament, which is supposed to be a welcoming space for networking and conversation. If you will be at the tournament and you visit the lounge, you will need to abide by the AnyKey Code of Conduct, which specifies that any king of offensive or harassment will not be tolerated.
If you’d like to become a part of their community, the organization suggests you check out their various social media pages.