Garena's Iron Solari League Of Legends Tournament Limits the Amount of LBGT Participants

Organizers of an All female tournament limit the amount of LBGT participants.

By Artemis, Posted 03 Feb 2015

Birds fly, water is wet and people don't know what the definition of certain words is. In this case we have the word,inclusive,which is an adjective that means:"including or covering all the services, facilities, or items normally expected or required. "; Which, for a tournament like the Iron Solari (an all-female League of Legends tournament), is good sentiment. The tournament is run by Garena, a company that provides internet all throughout Asia, and it will be held in the Philippines.

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They also express their feelings to have an "inclusive environment where no one feels left out,"; which sounds almost too good to be true. That’s because it is. Today, a new rule for the tournament was posted; a rule that actually limits the amount of members of the LBGT community that can play. Violating this rule will result a ban from all Garena-Organized Events.

It states:

"1) Each team will be allowed to have a maximum of one (1) Gay/Transgendered woman for the entirety of the tournament day. Therefore, teams cannot do the following: Team_A's first game will be 4 female members and 1 gay, then on Team_A's secnd game, they will have 4 female members and replace with another gay or transgender member.

2) Any team who has violated the above provision, regardless if intentional or otherwise, whether discovered during the day of the event or some time after, will have all their team members (the female members as well as the Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered women member) sanctioned with a 1-year ban on all Garena-organized events, including subsequent Iron Solari Tournament's"

For those who don't know: this is the exact opposite of what "inclusive" or "not feeling left out" means. Apparently they will (somehow) be checking and enforcing this.

What makes this situation even more disappointing is the fact that the Philippines have been ranked as one of the most LBGT-friendly countries and generally has a positive view on the community. Garena itself hasn't commented on the outrage expressed by citizens of the internet, but this story will be updated as it develops.

Update 2/4/2015: Garena has made a statement and all of the restrictions have been removed as of today.

Angelina Bonilla, NoobFeed (@Twitter)

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