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Given how long Counter-Strike has been part of the fabric of esports around the world, it's not much of a surprise how broad the game's appeal is. Over the last few years that's extended to the spectator base, thanks to the proliferation of streaming and the personalities within.

ESL's recent IEM Katowice tournament might not of had Valve's sponsorship, or the US$1 million prize pool that each CS:GO major will have in 2016. But that didn't stop it from attracting millions of viewers.

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While the explosive growth in popularity for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has mostly made the Fnatics and the Na'Vis of the world into esports stars, the women's competitive scene has often been an overlooked cornerstone of the game. That's finally starting to change as they some of esports' biggest sponsors and organisations have started to give them serious support.