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Game publisher Riot Games has announced the launch of a new standalone League of Legends women’s tournament called Rising Stars.
The online event is being organized in partnership with esports education technology company GGTech Entertainment and UK-focused college esports platform NUEL.
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The Rising Stars tournament runs from November 26th to 27th and offers a prize pool of £3,000. According to the announcement, the event is primarily aimed at participants from Northern Europe (Great Britain, Republic of Ireland and Scandinavia), but is also open to the rest of Europe.
Player registration includes gender verification in partnership with DivE, an organization that promotes gender diversity in sport. DiVe is already playing an active role in the EMEA operation of Riot’s VCT Game Changers Tournament and Wild Circuit Game Changers.
According to the announcement, the Rising Stars show will be produced at the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham. Esports Production students – supported by GGTech and NUEL staff – will take charge of the show to develop skills.
Since 2021, Riot Games has been promoting the women’s esports scene, particularly in VALORANT, through the Game Changers program. Recently, the game publisher also announced two new esports tournaments exclusively for women’s teams in Brazil for League of Legends and Wild Rift. Gamer Girls Night In (GGNI), held in the UK earlier this year, also had Riot tapped as its headline gaming sponsor, further demonstrating the company’s commitment to fighting diversity in the esports and gaming industries .
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Will Attwood, Competitive Experiences Manager for Northern Europe at Riot Games, commented, “Riot Games is committed to creating more opportunities for women gamers. Game Changers has been a huge hit for VALORANT and continues to expand to other games.
“Having Rising Stars as a local, standalone tournament is another example of the work we and our partners can do to promote diversity and inclusion in the esports community. The fact that we can also support students with their first professional steps in the industry is the icing on the cake.”
Radina has been a freelance journalist for Esports Insider since 2021. When she’s not playing Apex Legends, she enjoys writing about tech, equality, and education in esports.
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