Riot Games announced on Monday that a portion of the proceeds from the sales of the Championship Ashe skin will go to both the 2017 Worlds prize pool and three global charities.
The announcement on their official website lists the three charity organizations that the money will go towards; BasicNeeds, which builds sustainable programs that support people with mental illness and epilepsy in low and middle income countries, Learning Equality, which offers high quality education in poverty stricken areas of the world, and the Raspberry Pi Foundation, which aims to make technology education more accessible to young people around the world.
As it was in last year’s Worlds, 25 percent of the money raised by Championship Ashe will contribute directly to the prize pool of Worlds. Riot will then match 25 percent of the skin’s proceeds to form a charity fund. Players will be able to vote to which charity the bulk of the funds should go to, with the votes from players with higher honor levels having more weight. After the voting, the most voted charity will get 50 percent of the charity fund, and the other two will split the remaining amount in half.
This isn’t the first time skin sales were used for charitable purposes. In 2011, the Nurse Akali skin was available for a reduced rate for a window of time as all proceeds of the skin during that time went to the Red Cross following the Japanese tsunami. In 2012, the price for the champion Jax and the Jaximus skin was reduced for a time as well, with all proceeds going to the Make-a-Wish foundation, in honor of Joe, who suffered through Ewing’s Sarcoma. Joe visited Riot as part of his Make-a-Wish, and passed away on June 5, 2012.