November 11, 2020
The Varsity Esports Foundation joins the Esports Integrity Commission as a strategic member.
The Varsity Esports Foundation (VEF) has officially become a member of the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC). VEF’s membership with ESIC highlights the Foundation’s commitment to adopting and promoting ESIC’s Integrity Program, ethical standards, and Anti-Corruption mechanisms within their esports operations.
Education and STEM Initiatives
VEF and ESIC are in the process of collaborating to produce educational materials which are focused on instilling the essential principles of fair play and integrity within the VEF’s younger audience, thereby bolstering the VEF’s ability to develop robust youth protection measures to mitigate risks associated with youth participation in the esports industry.
Stephen Hanna, ESIC’s Director of Global Strategy, said:
“We are happy to welcome the Varsity Esports Foundation into ESIC membership. With the esports industry rapidly expanding and continuing to attract the interest of young people, it is becoming increasingly vital to develop safeguards and risk management measures to protect the younger demographic. The work that the VEF has been doing in ensuring the safety of young gamers is commendable and we look forward to working with them to promote high ethical standards and design educational programs that ultimately build a safer, competitive, and rewarding environment for all players.”
Bubba Gaeddart, Executive Director of the Varsity Esports Foundation, further commented:
“The VEF is very proud to become a member of the ESIC alongside many other esports organizations. Being connected to half a million scholastic gamers around the world and since one of our main initiatives is digital citizenship, we want to make sure gamers start at a young age practicing fair play while educating them about corruption and integrity. The ESIC shares our values to unite the industry to fight corruption in any form.”
ESIC is looking forward to cooperating with the VEF on various educational initiatives targeted at promoting the adoption of high ethical standards based on ESIC’s Integrity Program within the VEF’s audience demographic.
About ESIC: Established in 2016, ESIC is a not-for-profit organisation based in London, that operates as an integrity body to monitor suspicious behaviour and corruption within the esports industry. With a mission to be the recognised guardian of the sporting integrity of esports, ESIC works with key stakeholders to implement and promote best-practice standards across the globe. ESIC plays a key role in the disruption, prevention, investigation, and prosecution of all forms of cheating, including match manipulation and doping in esports competition.
For more information about ESIC, visit https://esic.gg/.
About Varsity Esports Foundation: The Varsity Esports Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization established to offer financial assistance to schools and to provide a pipeline for students to reach their potential through Esports. VEF strives to increase literacy around the Esports industry’s positive impact on healthy lifestyles, mental health, community, and STEM. The VEF looks for donors and sponsors to help them support disenfranchised students in low-income urban and rural areas by giving them access to the internet, devices, grants, scholarships, and STEM education through esports clubs in schools.
For more information about the VEF, visit https://www.varsityesportsfoundation.org/.
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