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Riot Commits $2M To Fund SoLa Impact’s Technology Center For South LA Students In STEM

A new esports center will be on the way for the Los Angeles community. According to a press release, Riot Games has pledged $2 million to SoLa Impact ’s I CAN Foundation . The commitment will support the completion of SoLa’s Technology and Entrepreneurship Center . The center will provide free technology education to the future generation of Black and brown leaders, entrepreneurs, game developers, and more in South Los Angeles. In addition, students will have an opportunity to build career readiness and skills, according to the company’s website. S oLa’s esports center can be expected to open in early 2022 at SoLa’s Beehive campus. Los Angeles students will have the opportunity to further their lifelong passions with access to “coding, animation, graphic design, digital content creation, esports development, entrepreneurship, and practical life and job skills,” a press release revealed. “Over the last few years, Riot has made a commitment to increase representation in the gaming...

Jan 13, 2022

Tap In and Get To Know the Afrofantasy World of Twin Drums’ Upcoming Game 'The Wagadu Chronicles'

Imagine a world where you can experience the existence of Afrofantasy beings and vivid Diaspora elements. A place so strange and wild where powerful spirits, fickle ancestors, and angry beasts co-exist with fertile soils, powerful magic, and traditions that celebrate the African Diaspora far and wide. Welcome to the land of “Wagadu”, a world created by the game development company Twin Drums . Founded by Allan Cudicio, the company was “born out of the desire to place diversity, and especially blackness and queerness, at the center.” Through the “ Wagadu Chronicles ”, the company aims to tell the story of the land as a way to “change the perception of fantasy and roleplaying by giving visibility to black aesthetics and African ancient mythology as it has never been done before within our collective imagination.” Gamers will get the chance to interact and serve in different landscapes such as savannas, deserts, swamps, mountains, and rainforests. You will soon get to enter the world...

Oct 27, 2020

How Riot Games Creates Community For Black Employees

Los Angeles-based video game company Riot Games is shedding light on the importance of representation in the workplace. The company, which is best known for some of the world’s most popular games like League of Legends and VALORANT, is also attempting to become the industry leader in diversity and inclusion (D&I). One way they’re doing so is providing a safe space for Black Rioters to come together and share their experiences in the gaming industry in a community-like environment through Riot Games’ Black ERG, Riot Noir. Members of Riot Noir spoke with AfroTech about how they entered the industry, their experience working with Riot, and their aspirations for the next generation of game developers. “As Black people, we spend so much of our day as the only one,” says Jahmeilah Roberson, Senior UX designer at Riot Games. “In gaming, on top of being the only Black person, I may be the only woman in a day’s worth of meetings. So, connecting with other people who understand the nuances of...

Jul 15, 2020