No more fossil fuel money in League of Legends esport!

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The car producer BMW recently announced a partnership with five of the best League of Legends teams in the world: G2 Esports, Fnatic, Cloud9, T1 and FunPlus Phoenix. As a LoL player and climate activist, I think it is outrageous that esports organisations keep accepting sponsorship money from companies that produce fossil fuel driven cars. This is not the first time LoL esports have partnered up with car companies, but I am making my voice heard to make sure it is the last time. 

Esports is a quickly growing business, and the competitions are viewed by hundreds of thousands of people all around the world. And as Greta Thunberg says, "The bigger your platform, the bigger your responsibility." Esports teams and competitions certainly have a huge platform, and therefore their responsibility is huge.

Climate disruption will affect all of our lives, and many people have already seen the effects. Forest fires, extreme heat, floods, storms, crop failure, forced migration, and many more horrible consequences that cause immense human suffering and loss of life.The emissions need to go down, but despite this, some companies continue to produce fossil fuel driven cars that are quite literally killing us and the planet. These cars will continue to emit toxic greenhouse gases into the air for many decades, making areas of the earth uninhabitable.Toxic air pollution from the exhaust fumes will also kill millions.

I therefore urge LoL Esports, Riot Games, and all competitive League of Legends teams to stop accepting sponsorship money from companies that make products dependent on fossil fuel usage. There are many ethical, climate-friendly companies out there that you could give a platform instead. Perhaps ask the renewable energy industry or electrical car industry if they would be willing to sponsor you instead next season?

BMW's campaign says that we are "United in Rivalry". While that might be true I also believe that we are all united in our need for a safe planet to live on. The planet is our common home, and our house is on fire. And it is very hard to play League of Legends if everything around you is burning.