Burberry has partnered with global esports organization Gen.G for the launch of a four-part educational content series “to champion women and the importance of inclusivity within gaming” as part of Gen.G’s NetWORK: Inspire program.
The partnership marks Burberry’s first foray into the world of esports and builds on both Burberry and Gen.G’s commitment to helping underrepresented communities gain valuable skills and insights that will empower them to go beyond.
Hosted by entrepreneur and content creator, Emily Ghoul, the series features women in gaming, content creators, and influencers from across the industry, alongside members of the Burberry team. Each episode features an open discussion about the common challenges facing women within gaming, including toxic online environments, stereotyping, and underrepresentation.
According to a Global Gaming Gender Balance Scorecard released by Forbes in 2020, almost half of all gamers are women, however, the vast majority of executive positions in the gaming industry are held by men. With the hope of highlighting the underrepresentation of women in leadership within the industry, the series aims to reframe the “play to win” narrative of esports into one that is actively promoting inclusion and change within the gaming community.
In addition to the series, Burberry will be donating to the Gen.G Foundation Scholarship. The Gen.G Foundation aims to develop talented young gamers with the potential to lead the industry’s next generation, whilst promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion. Burberry will select a scholarship recipient that champions these values through their work and demonstrates a commitment to empowering underrepresented communities within the gaming industry and beyond. The chosen recipient will be notified in September 2022, with the scholarship funds being shared directly with their selected college or university.
“We are so proud to partner with Gen.G and to support the next generation of women within gaming to go beyond. Through our programming and scholarship, we hope to equip young leaders with the skills they need to succeed and achieve their aspirations,” Rachel Waller, Global VP of Channel Innovation at Burberry, said.