Just a few weeks ago, 100 people were battling it out in New York to be crowned Fortnite's first-ever world champion - every single one of them a male between the ages of 16 and 24. Not exactly the most diverse group in the world.

Despite claims from Fortnite developers Epic Games about the number of female players the game supposedly has, there is a startling lack of women playing at the highest level of the game, and of eSports in general.

Gaming franchise Gen.G's aim to change that is a long time coming. Following investment from stars including Will Smith and ex-AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda, dating app Bumble - known for putting power in the hands of women - are funding the launch of Fortnite's first-ever all-female team.

Gaming culture is young, and yet it's become immediately male-dominated. Bumble's move to nip this in the bud early on is not only commendable, but crucial to protect the future of the industry.

eSports is in a unique position whereby it can build a platform on which men and women can compete side-by-side. There need be no arguments about which male players Serena Williams could beat, or whether or not the US Women's National Team should've received more prize money than they did. 

This isn't necessarily an exclusive opportunity - sports like snooker, Formula 1 and equestrian disciplines are all able to promote similarly equal opportunities - but eSports is still in its infancy and has the chance to lead the charge, and in doing so, to further its ever-increasing popularity.