RBC, Enthusiast Gaming partner up to provide gaming grants

RBC and Enthusiast Gaming have announced a joint program to empower young Canadians in their pursuit of a career within the video gaming industry by providing financial support and mentorship to enter the industry.

The RBC Gaming Grant will provide 150 young people with access to mentorship in the gaming industry, and award 50 qualifying participants with grants of $1,500 each to help them advance in their gaming careers. A select number of participants who progress through the program will also have the unique opportunity to intern with Enthusiast Gaming or other leading gaming industry companies in careers including game development, marketing and promotions, and more.

A press release notes that according to the Government of Ontario, the gaming industry contributed $5.5 billion to Canada’s economy in 2021. More than 54 per cent of Canadian teens believe esports is a legitimate career opportunity.

The RBC Gaming Grant is designed to help young Canadians enter the industry by offering mentorship, networking, and practical work experience.

“We understand that many of Canada’s most talented young people are passionate about gaming and see its potential beyond recreation,” said Shannon Cole, Vice-President, Brand Marketing, RBC. “We are thrilled to partner with Enthusiast Gaming to identify these young people and support them in their pursuits of a career within this evolving industry.”

“We’re proud to work together with Royal Bank of Canada to help gamers advance in their careers,” said Enthusiast Gaming SVP of Global Sales Bill Drolet. “Through Enthusiast Gaming, we’ve helped a lot of talented gamers make a living doing what they love — and we know they can thrive in many other fields as well. We look forward to learning more about the young people who answer this opportunity.”

The RBC Gaming Grant is open to young people in Canada ages 18-29. Recruitment began on June 29 and will run for three weeks.

Interested participants can apply or learn more at gaminggrant.gg/rbc.

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