Riot Games, the company behind the popular game League Of Legends, introduced its inaugural Student Ambassador Program for Malaysian undergraduates.
The programme prepares participants for a career in gaming by providing hands-on training in organising events, tournaments and other engagements with their campus' gaming community.
Riot Games country manager for Malaysia and Singapore Benjamin Pommeraud said that the programme is designed to help develop career-critical skills such as leadership, communication, event management, budgeting, and creative thinking.
Twenty eight students from universities and colleges nationwide, including Sunway University, INTI International University, Help University, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and Universiti Putra Malaysia, have been selected for the first batch of the 12-month programme.
The successful applicants had obtained a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.5, and were required to produce a video to support their application.
According to Pommeraud, the dominance of gaming and eSports has increased the need to develop the network and professionals in the field, especially in Malaysia, as South-East Asia is the fastest growing gaming market in the world.
“It’s a perpetual mutation as only three years back, gaming was still about boxed products, mostly targeting the male audience.
"Today gaming is everywhere on mobile, PC and console. In fact almost 50% of gamers are female,” he said.
Pommeraud believes that the transformation has made gaming less niche and easier for students to explore as a career choice.
“In the past, you had to be a game designer and developer to work in the gaming industry,” he said, adding that times have changed and gaming is now an exciting and lucrative career that Riot promotes.
“Even today, there is a misconception that working in gaming equals to being a gamer.
"The gaming ecosystem, however, is much larger than that, with career opportunities as YouTubers, 'shoutcasters' (commentators), analysts, games developers and designers.”
Pommeraud shared that Riot values education as much as gaming, and hopes that the programme sheds a positive light on the community.
“We want to show everyone that gamers are amazing. We want to show that having a kid who likes gaming is special and that they should be nurtured for a career in the field,” he said.
Visit Riot Games' Student Ambassador Program for more information.