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David Garpenstahl Becomes Executive Director of the Play2Learn Foundation to Drive Web3 Education for Gamers

By ET Bureau - September 12, 2022 2 Mins Read


The Play2Learn Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides gamers and entrepreneurs with the educational resources to navigate the Web3 metaverse through financial inclusion and technological literacy, announced today the appointment of David Garpenstahl as its Executive Director.

As Executive Director, Garpenstahl will implement the Play2Learn Foundation’s key initiatives focused on:

  1. Investing in education to break the poverty cycle through fostering an understanding of financial and technological literacy for future generations through gaming platforms and connecting young people with real-world professionals to serve as mentors.
  2. Further supporting the Foundation’s focus on forest conservation and sustainability to offset carbon emissions and protect biodiversity.
  3. Spearheading the installment and continued development of the partnerships necessary to ensure that the digital transformation happening in the world today is accessible to all.

“Gaming has been a driving force of technology,” Garpenstahl said. “With the Play2Learn Foundation, we can help give youth the skills and knowledge to lead more successful lives by applying gaming mechanisms and esports into education about financial and technological literacy, as well as sustainability while fostering healthy mindsets.”

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With more than 20 years of experience founding and leading organizations in the gaming, event and music industries, Garpenstahl has been a pioneer for the esports industry. He has taken part in establishing international companies like DreamHack, the world’s largest digital festival, ESN Social Software and Europe’s largest gaming center, Inferno Online. Most recently he has acted as an advisor to global projects like Campus Party, SITEX and GamerToken continuing to focus on the intersection of gaming, esports and the future of Web3.

Since 2020, Community Gaming — the premier all-in-one global earnings platform and competitive organizer — has donated over $250,000 to the Play2Learn Foundation. Through the ongoing partnership, the Gamer Grant Program makes resources available to existing tournament organizers, regardless of size, to help support and promote an inclusive and educational gaming experience.

“We’ve seen how impactful reaching out and supporting grassroots organizers and gamers can be, and I know that David will help the Play2Learn Foundation bring inclusion and technological literacy to young gamers around the globe,” said Chis Gonsalves, CEO of Community Gaming. “We’re excited to support the on-going and future efforts of both David and the Foundation.”

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