Riot launches new game features in support of IDAHOTB

Riot Games shows support for LGBTQIA+ causes with new in-game features

League of Legends's Icon By Nicholas Ray · May 15, 2019 2:59 PM · 

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In Riot’s effort to continue an initiative that began last year, a special Rainbow Fluft summoner’s icon will once again in the shop in support of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB). The icon will be available for purchase for one Blue Essence until May 30.



Riot released an article on their official website about the cause, and explained that over 3.5 million players around the world purchased the icon last year. This time, they’ll be making things a little bit more interesting by including an exclusive rainbow homeguard and load-in animation. You’ll also get a unique background for your summoner profile for showing your support.



While this is a creative way for Riot to allow people to support the cause in-game, Riot has also committed to splitting a $100,000 donation between two charities that have a relationship with the company: The Trevor Project and the It Gets Better Project.


"The It Gets Better Project is proud to partner with Riot Games for a second year in honor of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. Rioters have proven themselves over and over again that their commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion is unwavering. Their efforts are essential to building a positive, supportive, and respectful gaming community for all people,” - Brian Wenke, Executive Director of the It Gets Better Project


"Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth are twice as likely to be electronically bullied than their peers, so we know how much of a positive impact it will have on LGBTQ+ youth nationwide to see themselves represented in a massively popular game like League of Legends," - Amit Paley, CEO & Executive Director of The Trevor Project


Riot states that their hope with this small event is to invite the global gaming community to show support and acceptance for those who identify as LGBTQIA+.


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