Verizon and Riot Games are partnering to provide training and mentoring for women in esports through the expansion of Verizon’s VCT Game Changers initiative. The goal is to train more female esports players.
This announcement comes from Verizon’s E3 keynote, which contained several announcements. Chief among them is Verizon’s commitment to increasing female representation in the gaming and esports industries.
The VCT Game Changers program will provide female esports players with tools to help develop their careers, as well as mentoring. The program will launch this fall and offers opportunities for female players, including tournaments and broadcasts produced by Riot Games.
As part of the inclusion initiative, Verizon has invested $1 million in the new Game Forward Scholarship. It will be awarded to 25 female technology students this fall at five historic black colleges and universities. The list of participating schools includes North Carolina State University of Agriculture and Technology, Morgan State University, Texas Southern University, and Howard University.
Recipients will be guaranteed an internship at a leading technology or gaming company, as well as access to Verizon 5G Game Center. The $1 million investment will also fund the creation of technology hubs at historic Black colleges.
For the rest of Verizon’s E3 rollout, the company announced a new partnership with EA to better optimize its games on Verizon devices. The mobile company has also partnered with Team Liquid to create a new VR experience that allows people to attend live events. Finally, Verizon has partnered with Dignitas to roll out the beta of the NFT experience. The first 100 fans to interact with Dignitas on its social channels will receive an NFT of Dignitas’ Female FPS team that can be viewed in AR.