Riot Games Initiate Schemes To Help Fight Racism

Published 06/06/2020, 7:27 AM EDT

President of Riot Games Dylan Jadeja has issued a notice to their fan base on Twitter. The tragic death of George Floyd has led many developers to step up to the new movement. Riot Games will join other companies in an attempt to change the way their community runs.

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Riot Games set to initiate various plans

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The developers will be initiating an action plan to accelerate progress for said communities. They will contribute $1,00,000 through their Social Impact Fund to set about. Initial contributions will be to The Innocence Project and the American Civil Liberties Union. 

The second stage of their plan includes deploying $10 million from the corporate development team. The fund will be used as investments for startup programs that focus on founders unrepresented in the gaming community.

Riot Games will also establish a partnership with Florida A&M University to prepare future software engineers interested in pursuing a career in gaming. They will launch a $50,000 scholarship through the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund to support African American kids with interest in game development. 

They will continue their investments in educational programs like Girls Who Code, Urban TxT, Reboot Representation, and Code 2040. 

Riot Games has decided on implementing various schemes, and by the looks of it, these will be a massive boost to all the African American people. The developers are also looking into the future by bringing in scholarship funds for the children. A noble gesture from Riot Games has gained a lot of applause from people all over the internet.

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Why now?

Previously, some companies were criticized for their actions. Communities started asking why such actions now and why these were not deployed before. Riot Games have come up with answers. 

The issues we are facing right now are not new ones, but this moment has sadly reminded us that the disease that is racism lives on in this country. It has challenged us to look inward and ask ourselves, “Are we doing enough to create the change that we need?” And the reality is, we know we can and must do more. So we’re going to. Our maturation as a company has shown us that our voice and commitment in these spaces means a lot to employees and to players”, Riot Games President wrote. 

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Riot Games has assured that they are committing towards a long-term change starting now. They will be looking to create a better space for both their employees and for the people in general. 

Other companies could also follow these steps. Simply delaying their games and updates further are not as impactful as actually funding the underprivileged. For a better future, they need to step up now.  

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Hrithik Unnikrishnan

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Hrithik Unnikrishnan is an eSports and WWE author at EssentiallySports since April 2020. A journalism undergraduate with experience in creative design, Hrithik has a profound love for everything competitive. He grew up watching WWE and playing various titles like Call of Duty, FIFA, and Hitman.

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