Riot Games Southeast Asia Partners with Philippines' Youth Esports Program

The partnership between Mineski Global and Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) formed the Youth Esports Program (YEP) last February 2020. The programs's initial aim is to "legitimize esports and integrate it" into schools' sports. It gained access to PCCL's network of over 200 schools in the Philippines. It was already a huge step for the Philippines' esports grassroots development.

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Riot Games is known for developing and publishing the great online games we're enjoying right now such as League of Legends, Legends of Runeterra, Wild Rift, and Valorant. And recently, Riot Games Southeast Asia partners up with the Philippines' Youth Esports Program to support student-led initiatives. Riot boosted the benefits of what the Youth Esports program can give to students who wish to join.

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From exclusive access to Riot's speakers through workshops and career talk, to participation in activities organized by Riot itself. It also includes other support for student initiatives such as weekly Legend of Runeterra tournaments for YEP chapter orgs and VALORANT content contests. This also makes Valorant an official tournament game in the Youth Esports Program's soon-to-be-announced 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 Chris Tran, Head of Esports for Riot Games Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

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This is another huge leap of progress for this country's esports development. With this partnership, the Philippines might fully recognize the presence of esports just like Korea and other world regions. We all hope that the influence of the gaming and esports industry spread more in the Philippines. For schools or organizations who want to be part of the program, you may contact them via email ([email protected]) or leave a message in their YEP's Facebook Page.