The Riot Student Ambassadors (RSAs) have been making their marks in their respective universities and colleges. For most of them, students at their university have historically had very little exposure to gaming and the eSports industry.
The RSA’s first major challenge was to set up a gaming club to connect fellow gamers on campus. Riot provided a standard Club Constitution template as well as a Club Organisation Design guide to help the RSAs. The RSAs then had to produce all other required formal documentation, localize the content into Malay if the university or college is a public institution, find a suitable faculty adviser for the club and crucially also build the interim committee.
In many of the campuses who have Riot Student Ambassadors, this was the first time that students have tried to setup a formal gaming club, so expectantly our RSAs faced considerable resistance. Nonetheless, 16 new clubs were formed within the two months of the program. For the remaining universities, all have begun the process, and we should be welcoming more gaming communities over the coming months.
Despite all the challenges and setbacks faced, the end result of forming a club with a common interest of what you love is the ultimate reward. “The feeling of being able to start something that was unimaginable just a year ago is the most rewarding part" shared by Ling Gaozhe from University Technology Malaysia KL.
Not only are the RSA’s excited, but students of their universities are glad to finally hear that gaming clubs are being founded. “There are clubs for chess, clubs for languages and clubs for sports but somehow gaming clubs never seemed to surface. Finally, we get a place to connect with players.” said a member of the Taylor’s University E-Sports Club.
With the positive feedback that we have received from students, members and university admins, we can only expect to see exciting plans and accomplishments from these gaming clubs.
On 22 - 23 April, Riot Games hosted the official launch event for the 28 selected Riot Games Student Ambassadors (RSAs) for 2017/18 at Asia Pacific University. The event brought together a group of passionate students from across Malaysia to set their course for the rest of the year.
Through a combination of icebreakers, formal training sessions, group activities and presentations, our RSAs were able to understand the scope and purpose of the program. We covered topics such as event planning, community building, managing finances and Riot’s values. Moreover, each RSA received a swag package to manage and distribute amongst their university’s League of Legends and gaming community.
The event also gave the opportunity for the students to build connections with other students who share a similar passion. Many of these new friendships will ensure each RSA always has a team of collaborators to bounce their ideas off.
If you’re a passionate gamer, student or even faculty member at any of the universities where Riot has an RSA, we encourage you to reach out to them! There are plenty of ways to get involved.
Through connecting a community of enthusiastic gamers, with an average CGPA of 3.5, we’re positive that this year’s team of Ambassadors will be able to accomplish great things.
To officiate the public launch of the Riot Games Student Ambassador program, Riot Games hosted an official Press Conference on 21st April 2017 at the Asia Pacific University.
We held an initial panel discussion with Benjamin Pommeraud (Riot Games - Country Manager SG/MY), Hasnul Hadi Samsuddin (Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation - Direction of Creative Content & Technologies) and Gurpadeep Singh (Asia Pacific University, Vice-President Operations), followed by media questions and individual interviews with selected media partners.
In total, there were 22 different media partners in attendance, including New Straits Times, the Star, Astro eGG and many others.