ESIC welcomes Varsity Esports Foundation as strategic member

12 November 2020


Non-profit organisation Varsity Esports Foundation (VEF) has joined the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) as a strategic member.

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VEF, which provides financial assistance and other resources for students to excel in esports, will collaborate to produce educational materials focused on the principles of fair play and integrity. The strategic kinship is said to develop ‘robust youth protection measures to mitigate risks associated with youth participation in the esports industry,’ according to a release.

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Stephen Hanna, ESIC’s Director of Global Strategy commented: “We are happy to welcome the Varsity Esports Foundation into ESIC membership. With the esports industry rapidly expanding and continuing to attract the interest of young people, it is becoming increasingly vital to develop safeguards and risk management measures to protect the younger demographic.

“The work that the VEF has been doing in ensuring the safety of young gamers is commendable and we look forward to working with them to promote high ethical standards and design educational programs that ultimately build a safer, competitive, and rewarding environment for all players.”

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Varsity Esports Foundation Executive Director Bubba Gaeddart added: “The VEF is very proud to become a member of the ESIC alongside many other esports organisations. Being connected to half a million scholastic gamers around the world and since one of our main initiatives is digital citizenship, we want to make sure gamers start at a young age practising fair play while educating them about corruption and integrity. The ESIC shares our values to unite the industry to fight corruption in any form.”

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VEF is the latest company to join the ranks of ESIC, following both U Can Company and WePlay Esports, who became members earlier this month. The pair will continue to collaborate on various educational initiatives targeted at promoting the adoption of ethical standards based on ESIC’s Integrity Program.

Esports Insider says: VEF is now the third entity to receive an ESIC membership card this month. Even greater is the non-profit’s role in this affair, acting as a strategic member to produce educational materials to better the industry.

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