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DreamHack unveils all-women tournament in Valencia

DreamHack will host an all-women Showdown tournament this summer during DreamHack Valencia in Spain, the company announced Tuesday.

The eight-team, $100,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament will be held July 5-7, featuring two invited teams and six qualifiers, with two each from Europe, North America and Asia.

"Inclusivity at our events is a huge part of DreamHack -- we aim to be the esports and gaming festival where all groups feel welcome," DreamHack AB co-CEO Marcus Lindmark said in a statement. "DreamHack Showdown is a step to help create inspirational moments for aspiring female esports competitors worldwide."

Qualification for the two spots from Asia -- run by ZOWIE -- will be held June 1-2 and June 20-23, with the European and North American qualification -- run by Esport-Management -- taking place June 8-9.

"We believe in an esports ecosystem where every gamer can embark on a path to become a competitive gamer in an inclusive environment," Katherine Amoukhteh, vice president of global marketing for Esport-Management, told The Esports Observer. "Seeing all women fully integrated and represented in current major leagues and teams is definitely a part of that vision.

"In order to reach this vision, we have to start with initiatives that, above all, provide a platform, support, and visibility to all women players."

DreamHack Valencia is the third of four stops in the 2019 DreamHack Pro Circuit, following Leipzig and Dallas. The fourth will be in Montreal in September.

--Field Level Media