Riot Games secures education-focused partnership with DonorsChoose

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Game publisher and developer Riot Games has announced a partnership with nonprofit organisation DonorsChoose.

The deal will see both parties join forces to support North American school teachers working with children looking to enter careers in gaming and esports.

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To celebrate the partnership, Riot Games will match all donations made to esports and gaming-related projects on the DonorsChoose platform up to $200,000 (£~157,700) with the aim of reaching a combined total of $400,000 (£~315,500).

Alongside matching the DonorsChoose donations, Riot Games will also provide grants to all middle and high school esports and gaming-related projects using the platform in the state of California.

The DonorsChoose platform allows people to provide support to public school teachers in North America by providing them with resources and the opportunity to network, which looks to enhance their projects.

Riot Games is no stranger to supporting grassroots esports projects. In July 2023, the publisher and developer entered a three-year partnership with esports company GGTech resulting in it becoming the official provider of Riot Games’ North American collegiate League of Legends and VALORANT programmes.

Jeffrey Burrell, Head of Social Impact at Riot Games, spoke on the deal: “I was so inspired to see how many teachers there are on the DonorsChoose platform who are building game design and esports into their curriculum.

“Joining forces with DonorsChoose and players to directly support so many incredible teachers across the country is a great way for us to celebrate VCT in North America for the first time.” 

Jonno Nicholson
Jonno is a Freelance News Writer for Esports Insider and has been part of the ESI team since 2019! His interests include the rapid rise of sim racing and its impact on the wider industry.