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Riot Games will Donate $1 million to Support Racial Equality

Riot Games President Dylan Jadeja shared the following with employees:

I want to start by saying thank you to everyone for the compassion and understanding I have seen demonstrated amongst everyone during what has been a very emotional and challenging time.

The murder of yet another unarmed black man has ignited a national outcry for justice, not only for George Floyd, but countless others in the black community who are dying at the hands of a system that they are supposed to be able to trust. Systemic racism is not a new issue, but we must acknowledge that complacency has contributed to slower progress than is needed to drive lasting change. Like many other companies with the ability and responsibility to accelerate progress, and to make it a reality, we have a part to play and it is on us to do more.

We took time this week to look inward and to be thoughtful and deliberate in how Riot can truly help combat racism and injustice. Afterall, true change starts at home. We have had a long standing commitment to combating this within our games, but we realized that is not enough. As we shared earlier this week, our efforts will focus on areas that we believe require attention and in which we can have an impact, including justice reform, investing in minority owned businesses, creating opportunities for minorities in our industry, continued education, and addressing bias and discrimination in the workforce.

Partnering For Change

Through our Social Impact Fund, we are committing $1,000,000 to make progress within these focus areas, starting with an initial contribution to The Innocence Project and the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union). These contributions are in addition to our donation matching program where we match up to $1,000 per employee for qualifying donations to these and other organizations. Riot Noir (our employee resource group for Black employees) has provided some great suggestions, so we’re encouraging all employees to use this program and donate to these causes.

Source: Riot Games

 

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