Saturday, March 2, 2024

Raidiant and Vanta Leagues partner for summer youth esports leagues

On Monday, Raidiant and Vanta Leagues announced that they have joined forces to host summer esports development leagues for youths. These leagues are the next step in the organizations’ partnership; they have already hosted the Raidiant Academy camp. There will be two separate leagues, one for Rocket League and one for Valorant. The leagues will start on June 27 and will run until August 20. Gamers of all genders are allowed to sign up and participate, so long as they’re within the age range of 8-18.

Vanta Leagues is a youth esports development program that offers coaching, esports programming, and a digital esports platform for kids from ages 8-18. Raidiant is a newly-created project from New Meta Entertainment, the parent company of esports organization Dignitas. The project is focused on helping women enter the esports industry by providing them with a content and events platform, along with a community for marginalized genders in esports to come together.

The youth development leagues will be held on Vanta’s “COPPA compliant digital esports platform” and will feature its “state-of-the-art accredited coaching curriculum.” Several esports industry professionals have signed on as coaches for the Raidiant Academy leagues, including Dignitas and Raidiant vice president Heather “sapphiRe” Garozzo.

“We are extremely happy to be working with a mission-driven company like Raidiant to provide a summer league for kids interested in getting into esports or honing their craft,” said Zack Fabi, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Vanta Leagues. “Our partners at Raidiant set an incredible example for kids looking to become professional players and content creators and we’re excited to show kids how to achieve those goals by improving their gameplay and learning to game effectively in a team-based setting.”

“As a mentor for the first ever Raidiant Academy, presented by Vanta Leagues, it was an absolute honor to be able to share my twenty years of experience as a professional in esports with young, inquisitive minds eager to advance their gaming skills,” said Heather Garozzo, co-Founder and VP of Events and Community for Raidiant. “We look forward to delivering another successful event for young gamers and are proud to create a safe space where parents likewise can ask questions to help guide their young gamers down the right path.”

Ty Galiz-Rowe

Ty is Gayming Magazine's deputy editor and esports expert.