The ESL is working on revising its rules regarding tournaments and gender after a team of transgender players was barred from competing in an ESL-sponsored Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament due to their appearances.
Initially reported by Buzzfeed on May 4, transgender player Sly Buehl
After following up on the request with Munich Finest Gaming, the organization responsible for organizing the tournament, she was informed that there would need to be proof of gender in the form of a passport in order to have their team accepted into the tournament. While Munich Finest Gaming also added in their reply that they couldn't understand why the team was so upset about not being allowed entry to the tournament, the head of communications at ESL, Anna Rozwandowicz, said that she did indeed understand their frustration, but that the decision was made in order to comply with German law.
"Gender isn't just as simple as what was written on your old passport, there's more to it," she said to BuzzFeed.
After the news broke, Kotaku reached out to the ESL to follow up on the situation and see if there were any plans to change the tournament rules. The response from Rozwandowicz stated that the organization was now working with a diversity-focused organization known as AnyKey, saying that she wanted to make sure they revise the rules according to AnyKey's recommendations to ensure that similar events don't happen in the future.