Breaking Into Esports: Mastercard Unveils Game-Changing Academy
In a bold move to revolutionize the esports landscape, Mastercard, in partnership with Riot Games and G2 Esports, has announced the launch of the Mastercard Gamer Academy. This initiative is set to offer an unprecedented opportunity for 10 lucky gamers, providing them with the skills, connections, and mentorship to turn their gaming passion into a viable career.
A Diverse Gaming World Awaits
The gaming world, with over three billion enthusiasts, welcomes individuals of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. Interestingly, the number of gamers above 45 has surpassed those under 18, and nearly half of the gaming community is comprised of women. Despite this diversity, the path to professional roles in gaming remains challenging for many.
Mastercard’s Commitment to Inclusive Gaming
Raja Rajamannar, Mastercard’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, highlighted the company’s dedication to esports, driven by the sector’s growing passion and popularity. The Mastercard Gamer Academy is a testament to their commitment to nurturing a diverse and dynamic future for the gaming world.
An Unparalleled Esports Experience
Slated to start in early 2024, the academy promises:
- All-expense-paid trips to major esports events, including the 2024 League of Legends World Championship and 2024 Valorant Champions.
- Exclusive access to G2 Esports headquarters in Berlin.
- Interaction with top esports professionals from G2 Hel, Gozen, and men’s League of Legends and Valorant teams.
- Engaging workshops focusing on mental health, resilience, and allyship.
- A comprehensive curriculum spanning brand engagement, marketing, content creation, and event execution.
Educational Insights for Fans
Fans will have the opportunity to learn from the academy through a series of episodes, capturing curriculum highlights and offering insights into the gaming and esports industry. Mastercard cardholders will enjoy early access to these episodes on Priceless.com.
G2 Esports: Championing Diversity
G2 Esports, a leading force in global esports, is at the forefront of this initiative. Known for its commitment to women’s teams in esports, G2 Esports brings valuable expertise and experience to the academy.
A Clearer Path to Esports Careers
Romain Bigeard, General Manager of League of Legends at G2 Esports, emphasized the academy’s role in fostering a strong community and highlighting diverse career paths within the esports industry. The goal is to inspire and guide individuals towards a successful career in esports.
Mastercard’s Esports Legacy
Mastercard has been a trailblazer in the gaming and esports sector, notably becoming the first global partner of League of Legends in 2018 and later extending its sponsorship to include the Valorant Champions Tour and VCT Game Changers.
How to Apply
Aspiring applicants can submit their entries on the Mastercard Gamer Academy website. The application process involves an online form and a video demonstrating their passion for gaming and esports. The deadline for submissions is December 17, 2023, and the program is open to individuals 21 and older worldwide, subject to official rules and restrictions.
Get Ready to Game On
With the launch of the Mastercard Gamer Academy, the future of esports looks brighter and more inclusive. This is more than just a program; it’s a gateway to the big leagues for aspiring gamers worldwide. Stay tuned and level up your gaming journey!