Riot Games partners with Public Good Projects to provide streamers and content creators with resources to address mental health with their audiences.
Riot Games, developer of League of Legends and Valorant, has decided to provide content creators with resources to initiate productive conversations about mental health with their audiences. Riot’s titles are some of the most streamed and recorded games on the internet, consistently appearing in the top 10 Twitch games in terms of viewers. Valorant in particular reported 3 million players as of May 2020.
The communities of Riot’s games have been the subject of some infamy, particularly League of Legends. It’s not uncommon for players of these games to spread hateful language in chat. Though this is unfortunately somewhat expected from the competitive gaming scene at large, Riot has had to alter its practices in order to subdue toxic portions of the community and show that this kind of behavior won’t be tolerated. This includes reevaluating the way player reports are handled and even recording Valorant voice chat.
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Now, Riot Games is looking to assist content creators and streamers with discussions on mental health. The company is partnering with The Public Good Projects to provide content creators with free resources to better understand how to effectively discuss the topic. These resources take the form of a free mental health advocacy guide, which includes statistics on, ways to talk about, and advice on mental health issues. All of this is formatted in a way that’s meant to be helpful for content creators and caters to their unique perspective.
This could be a good step towards improving mental health awareness in the gaming community, but it may also be a way for Riot to potentially improve its public image. The company has faced scrutiny in recent years due to allegations of sexism and sexual harassment. Many anonymous employees of Riot, former and current, have at some point come forth to describe a perceived patriarchy within the company. Much of this stems from inappropriate jokes in the workplace and male favoritism when it comes to promotions and raises. Riot’s CEO was also the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit in February, filed by his former assistant.
Regardless, Riot’s huge game audiences have brought the company to the forefront of platforms like Twitch and YouTube. As Valorant and LoL continue to be updated, streaming activity will likely remain high. This new partnership between Riot Games and The Public Goods Projects will hopefully ensure these streamers can reach their audiences and spread important advice on mental health to thousands of viewers.
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