Riot Games recently announced it had partnered with the organization Girls Who Code. As a result of this deal, both parties will work together to train at least 60 girls to become video game developers.
The girls will take part in online-based programs throughout the summer and fall. Individuals will be taught important skills like coding, gaming making, and self-expression. According to Riot Games, training a pipeline of female developers is “important in the game industry.”
“When we transformed our signature Summer Immersion Program into an entirely virtual experience in 2020, we knew we would have to step up our efforts to make our students feel welcome and made it our highest priority to serve the most vulnerable girls,” said Tarika Barrett, the CEO of Girls Who Code. “We’re thrilled to report that it worked, and in 2021 we served over 5,000 students, half of them Black, Latinx, and low-income, around the world. Throughout this experience, Riot Games was a tremendous partner — adapting the program to a virtual classroom, making our students feel at home, and connecting them with diverse mentors. Students in the Riot classroom can really envision themselves as future women in gaming tech by the end of the program, which is a win for our girls, our organization, and the gaming community.”
Girls Who Code is a non-profit organization that aims to close the gender gap in the esports industry. To date, Girls Who Code has worked with over 300,000 females in the United States, Canada, the U.K., and India.
(All information was provided by VentureBeat)
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