Riot Games Donates $800,000 to Pandemic Relief

Mayor Eric Garcetti’s relief fund will receive $200,000 of Riot Games’ donation

Riot Games’ headquarters in West LA.

Riot Games and its co-founders Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill donated $800,000 to aid coronavirus relief efforts, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced in a press conference Tuesday.

“We are blessed here in LA to have industries that not only fuel our city but our country and our world’s economy. Gaming is one of those industries and one of the leaders in that space is Riot Games,” said Garcetti. “They’re based right here in our city, and today that company and its founders are donating more than $800,000 to local nonprofits including $200,000 to the Mayor’s Fund to support whatever is needed for COVID-19 relief.”

Garcetti added that Riot told him the company would continue to keep its janitorial, facilities, and food workforce on the payroll as the rest of its staff works from home. “Knowing this is a moment of strain for working families across our region, Riot Games is committed to doing right by its workforce,” Garcetti said.

Riot Games will also aid the city in finding medical gear, Garcetti said. “On top of that financial contribution, Riot Games is working to secure critical personal equipment for LA’s hospitals, like much-needed masks to protect our front-line doctors and nurses,” the Mayor noted during the press conference.

A Riot spokesperson said that local nonprofits receiving donations include the Los Angeles Food Bank, which Riot has worked for previous fundraisers.

The Mayor’s Fund helps supplement costs of health care, childcare, senior meals, and grants to low-income or unemployed residents in need, Garcetti said.

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