As one way of elevating women and girls in digital skills, EMDEF and Rise together held a girls gaming tournament which was hosted at their Area 1B offices in Luwinga, Mzuzu.
Sixteen enthusiastic participants from Mzuzu Technical College and Mchengawutuwa CDSS e-gaming club showcased their skills and competitive spirit in pursuit of the coveted title of FIFA24 champion.
Emerging from the competitive field, three outstanding talents emerged victorious: Olipa Zunda claimed the top spot, closely followed by Emily Jimu and Tiwine Magawa.
Olipa Zunda, expressing her elation during the awards ceremony, attributed her success to the platform provided by EMDEF.
“Being the lead winner fills me with immense pride. It wasn’t easy, but I dedicated considerable time to honing my e-gaming skills. I encourage fellow women and girls to seize these training opportunities offered by EMDEF in this tech-driven era.” Explained Zunda.
Chisomo Nkhoma, the E-sports and Gaming Coordinator, lauded the turnout of active and passive participants in the tournament.
“We’re impressed by the attendance, a significant surge compared to our previous events. It’s evident that more girls are embracing e-sports and gaming, recognizing their aptitude in enhancing digital skills.” Nkhoma hinted at plans for an upcoming online international tournament.
The top three positions were rewarded with MWK 35,000, MWK 25,000, and MWK 15,000, respectively. Notably, the initiative to promote women and girls’ involvement in e-sports and gaming has financial support from WomenWin and Onside Gaming Fund.
The event stands as a testament to EMDEF’s commitment to fostering gender-inclusive opportunities and empowerment in the digital landscape, inspiring a new wave of female participation in the tech-driven arena of e-gaming and digital skills.