Sportsmanship is a code of acceptable behaviour for players to abide by in their pursuit of fair play.

We’ve identified six aspects of sportsmanship applicable online and offline
that guide young people towards positive and productive behaviour.

Team-Oriented Mindset

Players learn to function as part of a team, providing support, putting the team before themselves and contributing to a friendly, welcoming environment.


Young people learn to have respect for other players, their gameplay and opinions. Respect means building empathy, supporting teammates when they make mistakes, and understanding that anyone can have a bad game from time to time.


Players develop an appreciation for planning and practice, applying their best effort in all situations and taking a long-term view towards improvement.


Sportsmanlike players take responsibility for their role, acknowledging mistakes and learning from them while not assigning blame to others. Responsibility also means pursuing honourable victory without cheating.


When confronted with difficult or frustrating situations, resilient players keep their cool and attempt to be a positive influence on others. They build a reputation for being trustworthy, considerate and calm.

Positive Attitude

Being positive means being humble in victory and gracious in defeat. Young people learn to lead through positivity, acknowledging teammates and building them up in all circumstances.

Kurt Squire
Professor at University of California, Irvine

The work Riot Games is doing to promote sportsmanship through schools and gaming clubs is critically important as we try to help a generation grow up online.