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Riot Games has finally launched the Riot Scholastic Association of America, which is its official League of Legends collegiate body. The company also introduced the six members of its advisory board who will be helping with the board’s daily tasks and goals.
The RSAA will deal with the college, university, and high school levels of League of Legends esports. The body will aim to help establish League esports as a long-term presence on school campuses instead of relying on student-run clubs for longevity at the high school level and beyond.
The six advisory board members are Big Ten Network’s vice president of marketing Erin Harvego, Mountain West Conference’s senior associate commissioner Carolayne Henry, Robert Morris University’s executive director of esports Kurt Melcher, UC Irvine’s director of esports Mark Deppe, University of Utah’s director of esports operations A.J. Dimick, and MIT professor T.L. Taylor.
The RSAA’s top priority is to help establish better connections between Riot and the many colleges looking to enter the esports scene. The board also wishes to further develop Riot’s brand within the college world.
“We want to have a better communication layer that focuses on one-to-many communications with schools,” said Riot’s college program leader Michael Sherman. “That’s been a struggle with Riot in the current capacity.”
Many League fans hope this will help further develop talent within the North American scene beyond just the LCS and the Academy leagues. There are many talented players who simply go unnoticed because they never get a chance to be scouted by professional organizations.
With Riot putting more emphasis on these college teams, it should help players gain exposure in their budding esports careers—especially from pro teams looking to bolster their various rosters for the future.