Kayla “Squizzy” Squires has just become the first female player to officially qualify for Call of Duty World League.
Qualification for the Call of Duty World League (run by Activision) started two weeks ago with LAN events in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. 32 teams were invited to compete and half of them made it in on the spot, with the remaining spots filling via an open qualifier.
Squires is a 19-year-old from Western Australia. She put together her team at the very last minute-about 20 minutes before registration ended-and had only played with one of her teammates prior to the competition. The team includes players Glodek, Tupacah, H22ok, and Squizzy. They do not yet have a name. And yet, against all odds, they still defeated four other teams in the qualification rounds, including the 2nd seed of the tournament.
“I am so very proud of them, I couldn’t have done it without them,” she says.
Squires mentioned that competitive gaming has not been without obstacles for her, because of her gender. “There have been quite a few people that have instantly judged me without playing with or against me and I think me being a female has been the root of that,” she says. “I have had many nights that I have constantly doubted myself, but I always manage to pick myself back up and come back even stronger!”
Competition in the Pro Division of the Call of Duty World League will begin in early January.