The Mastercard Gamer Academy is Open for Submissions

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Gaming and esports enthusiasts worldwide now have an extraordinary opportunity to elevate their passion to a profession with the launch of the Mastercard Gamer Academy. This groundbreaking development initiative, spearheaded by Mastercard, aims to empower 10 gamers by providing them with invaluable connections, mentorship, and skill sets necessary to pursue a career in esports. More than just a career launchpad, the academy is committed to fostering a more inclusive gaming ecosystem.

With over three billion individuals identifying as gamers, the gaming community transcends age, gender, and background. Notably, the demographic of gamers over 45 surpasses those under 18, and women constitute nearly 50% of the entire gaming population. Despite these impressive numbers, breaking into professional roles remains a challenge for many individuals.

Commencing in early 2024, the Mastercard Gamer Academy offers participants a multifaceted experience, including:

  • All-expense paid trips to major esports events, including backstage access at the 2024 League of Legends World Championship and 2024 Valorant Champions, as well as the G2 Esports headquarters in Berlin.
  • Access to seasoned esports professionals, including the G2 Hel, Gozen and the men’s League of Legends and Valorant teams.
  • In-person and digital sessions with notable mentors, with select workshops focusing on mental health, resilience and allyship.
  • Comprehensive educational curriculum covering brand engagement, marketing, content creation, event execution and more.

Capturing the highlights of the curriculum, the Mastercard Gamer Academy will produce a series of episodes, providing fans with insights into various opportunities in gaming and esports. Mastercard cardholders will enjoy early viewing access on Priceless.com.

The Academy is proudly powered by G2 Esports, a premier global esports organization renowned for its commitment to women’s teams in esports. With four women’s rosters across VALORANT, League of Legends, and other leading games, G2 Esports emphasizes community and unity within the gaming world.

Mastercard’s legacy in gaming and esports includes being the first global partner of the world’s largest esport, League of Legends, in 2018. This year, the brand expanded its esports sponsorship to include Valorant Champions Tour and VCT Game Changers, further solidifying its commitment to the fastest-growing and most diverse esport in the world.

How to Apply:
Individuals passionate about gaming and esports can submit their applications on the Mastercard Gamer Academy website. The application process, requiring completion of an online form and a video showcasing their gaming passion, closes on December 17, 2023. The program is open to individuals worldwide, aged 21 and above. For details, including Official Contest Rules and how to apply, visit this link. Official Sponsor: G Esports Holding GmbH.

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