With the war in Ukraine getting worse day-by-day more and more esports and gaming companies are stepping in to try and help those who have been affected by the Russian invasion.
Riot Games is also stepping up to help those who have been displaced because of the fighting going on in their home country. What have they pledged to do over the next few weeks?
Riot Donates Over $1 Million
Riot announced that they will be donating $1 Million to three different charitable organizations that are currently involved within the war torn region.
- International Medical Corps
- Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders
- Polish Red Cross
From March 5-12, we're launching in-game fundraisers across @LeagueOfLegends, @PlayVALORANT, @wildrift, @TFT, and @PlayRuneterra to support humanitarian relief efforts in Europe.— Riot Games (@riotgames) March 5, 2022
Learn more about how you can join us in helping those in need: https://t.co/bEiE4a1gui pic.twitter.com/xgCf6LprSl
Along with the $1 million they’re donating, players of their games are also able to help out by purchasing Battle passes or the new bee skins between March 5, 2022 and March 12, 2022.
- VALORANT Battle Pass
- Wild Rift Battle Pass
- Legends of Runeterra Battle Pass
- TFT Battle Pass
- New League of Legends Bee Skins
So, even if you’re not a fan of bee skins, or you might not play too much TFT, now is a grea time to purchase these items because all funds will be donated to support humanitarian relief efforts in the war-torn region.
Esports and Gaming Communities Come Together
In this humanitarian crisis, esports orgs and gaming companies have stepped up to help those who have been affected by the events unfolding within Ukraine, as well as putting more pressure on those living in Russia.
Team Liquid has opened up their esports apartments for their teams to players and friends who have been affected by the war in Ukraine. On February 24, 2022 Victor Goossens co-CEO of TL announced that they will open their Netherlands apartments for anyone in need after a non-Liquid player pleaded for help.
ESL has also banned teams from competition with ties to the Russian government – Gambit and Virtus.pro. Not only that, but they have donated to UNHCR and given employees paid time off to help volunteer for humanitarian aid relief, as well as given paid time off to affected colleagues.
Natus Vincere, a Ukrainian esports org, has been spreading information online on the situation within Ukraine and given information on where best to donate funds as well.