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Rick Fox tears up after massive Riot donation during LoL charity stream

Published: 5/Dec/2019 21:29

by Scott Robertson

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During a League of Legends charity stream at the All-Star event, Echo Fox founder Rick Fox was moved to tears after a huge donation towards hurricane relief for The Bahamas came in from Riot Games’ Social Impact Fund.

Despite his departure from the Echo Fox organization that he was instrumental in founding, Rick Fox is no hurry to move away from esports, and has taken to using his platform to help people in need.

Rick is the president of the Bahamas Relief Foundation, a charity foundation dedicated to raising money, awareness, and hope for people in the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian. Dorian was a category five storm that hit the Bahamas tremendously hard in early September this year.

Rick announced that he would be hosting a 24-hour livestream during the League of Legends All-Star event in Las Vegas, with all donations going toward helping people in the Bahamas. Rick’s father is from the Bahamas, and Rick spent much of his childhood living there.

During the second half of the stream, a very tired Rick couldn’t contain his emotions as the Riot Social Impact Fund, Riot Games’ philanthropic venture fund that works with LoL players to work on global issues, donated a hefty $10,000 donation to push the total, at the time, to $39,000.

Rick blamed being tired as the reason why he was unable to hold back tears of gratitude.

The Riot Social Impact Fund has already donated over $4 million on players’ behalf to promote equality in education, opportunity, and global citizenship. The fund is seperate from the developer’s main business ventures. 

According to Fox’s charity’s website, $10,000 can go towards fully repairing five complete homes in the Bahamas.

After 20 hours of streaming, Rick posted a heartfelt thank you to fans who had donated, and to the members of the League of Legends community who had joined him on stream, including Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok, Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp and Moe ‘Yassuo’.

As of writing this article, the donation total for Rick Fox’s stream has eclipsed $45,000. The stream will continue until 3pm PST/6pm EST.

Rick Fox reached a settlement with the Echo Fox organization in October, officially marking Rick’s departure from the organization he founded. He said he is moving on towards new ventures in esports, including a greenlit esports-inspired comedy on the CBS network.

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BBC creating LEC documentary following EXCEL, narrated by Cillian Murphy

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:02 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 11:06

by Adam Fitch

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Major British broadcasting company BBC are set to release a five-part documentary following UK esports organization EXCEL ESPORTS.

The series, named ‘Fight for First: EXCEL ESPORTS,’ follows the org’s team in the European League of Legends competition LEC throughout the 2020 Spring Split.

The documentary is narrated by Cillian Murphy, an actor who’s been nominated for awards at the Golden Globes and BAFTA, and will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer in early 2021.

In 2020’s Spring Split, EXCEL finished in seventh place — narrowly missing out on a spot in the playoffs with a record of seven wins and 11 losses.

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Dele Alli recently joined the growing list of footballers getting involved in the esports scene by partnering with EXCEL.

The description for the upcoming documentary will shed light on the “deep-rooted” reasons that the players compete as they are “navigating the growing pains of adulting, living away from home, love, new friendships, and fame.”

November 2020 was a busy month for the organization, not only changing their logo and ethos to represent “The Power of Better” but announcing that Tottenham Hotspur and England national footballer Dele Alli had joined as their first global ambassador.

Dexerto spoke with CEO Wouter Sleijffers at the time of the announcements to understand the need for change and what the future of EXCEL looks like.

“My sons love gaming,” said Cillian Murphy. “When I showed them the trailer for this, they said I had to do it. Being involved in Fight For First has been a great experience and there is so much more to professional gaming than I ever thought. It has opened up a whole new world to me and this series provides a proper insight into a fascinating, global industry.”

BBC picked up more esports programming just in November, acquiring the rights to broadcast Counter-Strike competition BLAST Premier for the remainder of the 2020 season. In 2020 alone, the media giant has also shown Rocket League and sim racing.