Riot Games teams up with the Youth Esports Program in the Philippines

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Posted on: July 17, 2020 5:41 pm EDT

The leading eSports organization is helping foster better eSports activity for the next generation

Riot Games Southeast Asia has announced a new partnership with the Youth Esports Program (YEP) – a project created through a collaboration between Mineski Philippines and the Philippine Collegiate Champions League. This new agreement will have YEP students access Riot’s speakers through workshops and career talks, as well as participate in activities organized by the video game publisher, among other initiatives. On top of that, this partnership also means the addition of Riot’s brand-new game Valorant as an official tournament game in the future YEP’s national cross-campus esports league.

“The Philippines has always been one of our most important markets and we have been consistently blown away by the passion and talent discovered within the community here. We are excited to partner with the Youth Esports Program and to support their efforts in nurturing the next generation of esports and game industry professionals,” said Head of Esports for Riot Games Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau Chris Tran. Other activity included in this program is the weekly Legend of Runeterra tournaments for YEP chapter organizations, as well as a few Valorant contests.

The Director of YEP, Marlon “Lon” Marcelo, said about the new collaboration, “We’re very happy and excited to have Riot Games be part of the program. We are aligned on our objective of raising the level of esports to the level of other varsity sports in schools. Together, we hope to create the infrastructure needed for students to responsibly pursue their passions in the exciting industry of esports and gaming.
The Philippines’ best professional teams of the future will come from the current youth.”