ESL has partnered with The Cybersmile Foundation to tackle online abuse and toxicity in the world of eSports.
Cybersmile has been working to address online abuse in the competitive gaming space since early 2015. This new partnership will significantly widen the reach of Cybersmile resources, as they try and get the word out to more and more people. Cybersmile will also feature at more ESL events and in a larger capacity to try and get more people involved with their cause.
The announcement mentioned that the partnership will look to tackle issues such as hate speech, racism, misogyny, and homophobia.
“Everybody at ESL is delighted to start working with Cybersmile within this exciting new partnership,” said Craig Levine, CEO at ESL America. “Their mission to equip vulnerable gamers and support players needing help with the necessary tools and advice sits perfectly with ESL’s commitment to fight toxicity and cyberbullying in esports and gaming. Exciting times ahead!”
“Becoming Official Charity Partner to ESL is a perfect fit for Cybersmile,” added Dan Raisbeck, Co-Founder of The Cybersmile Foundation. “Being able to engage with millions of gamers and the gaming industry as a whole in such a direct way is going to have a huge impact on our mission for truly diverse and inclusive gaming and esports environments.”