London Mayor Sadiq Khan Signs New Esports Deal, Wants to Tackle Youth Unemployment Through Esports
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has united with esports organization LDN UTD for an initiative pointed towards handling youth unemployment in the England capital.
According to the press release today, The LDN UTD Inter-Borough Esports Championships will encourage competitiveness in youthful Londoners. Besides, the deal will utilize the bond between eSports and education on the highest level, to primarily slow down and ultimately eradicate the increasing rates of youth unemployment.
Youngsters from Lambeth, Hackney, Lewisham, and Kingston will have the option to enroll for different digital workshops, facilitated in organization with Staffordshire University London — a school best known for its offering of specialized eSports degree courses — as well as the University of East London, and also the University of Salford. The computerized workshops will zero in on a scope of subjects, including video editing, graphic designing, and social media management. The courses will also include guest appearances from famous and leading industry personnel.
One month from now, the inaugural LDN UTD Inter-Borough Esports Championships will take place, featuring work from the youthsters in question. FIFA 21 and NBA 2K are the games that will be contested at the event. The competition will start from December 5 and run until December 19. The whole tournament will be broadcast live on popular game streaming platform “Twitch”.
This initiative also includes insight knowledge from special and designated guests, like Tassal ‘Tass’ Rushan from the FaZe Clan, who is a renowned FIFA player with over 270,000 YouTube subscribers and a little more than $57,000 (£43,256) in total FIFA earnings from different competitions all over the world. LDN UTD will also present opportunities for some participants to intern for them.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has lauded the role of eSports in providing youngsters with unique career opportunities. He said after finalising the deal:
“The growth of esports over the past 12 months has been considerable. The industry is generating millions of pounds for our economy, as well as creating much-needed jobs for our community, particularly here in London. With that growth comes a level of responsibility, and I am proud that my Sport Unites programme is able to help fund LDN UTD, an organisation who are using their platform and the power of esports.”
Founder and CEO of LDN UTD, Oliver Weingarten also spoke out about the partnership, and the possibilities presented by eSports:
“As the epicenter of the UK’s esports industry, we want to encourage young people from across London that this isn’t just something you do at home with your friends, it really is a viable career option.”
The incredible idea and the initiative in general is being lauded by the community itself. It is bound to bring in a lot of hope for youthful, in-danger Londoners. The project will teach eSports-related skills that could totally be applied by all, even if they choose not to work in the gaming industry at all. Youngsters will absolutely love to hear directly from FaZe Tass and to see the Mayor of London getting involved will also garner more interest.