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XSET, Co-Owned By Erin Ashley Simon, Acquires Queens Gaming Collective To Further Diversify Gaming

A gaming organization that aims to create space and opportunities for women in the gaming industry has closed on a move to take its movement to the next level.

Apr 6, 2023

Players' Lounge, Backed By Drake, Raises $10.5M In Series A Funding Round To Help All Gamers Generate Income

The door of opportunities to securing income continues to open for gamers, and a Black co-founder is leading one of them.

Sep 14, 2022

Josh Fabian Dropped Out Of School At Age 16  — Now, At Age 32, He Is Reportedly The Founder of A $105M Gaming Startup

This story is for all of the folks who were told to “stop wasting time playing those video games” as children because it looks like one man’s love of gaming just landed him the big bucks. At the age of 16, Josh Fabian emancipated himself from his white adoptive parents and ultimately dropped out of high school. Fast forward, and his gaming startup was valued at $105 million as of February 2022 — funny how life works out, right? According to CNBC Make It, Fabian managed to raise $34 million from investors for Metafy, the online platform that he launched at the height of the pandemic. It offers amateur video gamers the opportunity to pay for coaching sessions led by some of the world’s top players. Metafy Classes are LIVE! Grab a seat and learn from your favorite Experts as they share their hard-won experience and explain the aspects of the game that will help you and your classmates ruthlessly destroy your enemies! New Classes added constantly!

Jul 22, 2022

A New African Gaming Collective Aims To Continue To Grow The Continent's Booming Industry

Africa’s gaming world is set to soar to new heights! A total of ten game development studios have combined as one to help bridge the gap when it comes to gaming within the continent. The initiative, called the Pan Africa Gaming Group (PAGG), aims to increase gaming in the diaspora and will serve as a launching pad for those interested in becoming gaming developers. “PAGG said they aim to grow the industry by two times annually and to put Africa ‘on the map of the global game industry,” TechCrunch reports. The news comes as Africa celebrates its 2022 Africa Game Week, currently underway in Capetown, Africa — a region that makes up the majority of the gaming community within the continent.

Feb 24, 2022

Facebook Gaming Reopens Applications For Its Black Gaming Creator Program

Facebook first launched its Black Gaming Creator Program in December 2020 to support the gaming community with $10 million over the span of two years. Now, the program has returned for its second year and applications reopened on Aug. 23. “We’re excited to reopen applications for the Black Gaming Creator Program’s second year and are eager to see the next wave of great gaming creators at Facebook Gaming,” said Facebook’s Global Director of Gaming Creator Partnerships Luis Renato Olivalves in a statement. “With many new partners in the first year, this program is proof of the growing excitement for entertaining, diverse and creative personalities and new communities within game streaming.” Along with its commitment of $10 million in funding, according to Adweek, the program’s benefits include official partner badges, early access to new streaming features and tools, exclusive access to a private Facebook gaming group and events, bi-monthly mentorship and training summits, and more....

Aug 24, 2021

Xbox's Melissa Boone Is Leveraging Data To Make Room For More People Who Look Like Her In The Gaming Industry

Xbox is continuing to make strides toward a more inclusive gaming community. Research reveals that people who identify as white make up 68 percent of the video game industry. Yet, there’s still 13 percent of that community that is made up of Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Pacific Islander, Indigenous people, and LGBTQ+ communities and Xbox wants to ensure that their content reflects all gamers. In honor of Pride Month, the gaming system is amplifying LGBTQIA+ voices within the industry by championing those who are committed to inclusion and breaking down barriers so that everyone can experience the joys of gaming. One of those voices happens to be Melissa Boone. Boone is a part of the team of behavioral scientists providing user feedback and insights to Xbox’s game development teams. Her role as a research manager on the Xbox Research & Design team allows her and the team to center the user experience around everything that the company develops. For Boone, representation is key in her...

Jun 28, 2021

Gaming While Black: The Realities Of Being A Black Video Game Streamer

N-I-G-G-E-R — t he letters flowed down my chat like a waterfall of hate. My heart fell to the bottom of my stomach. I had only been streaming for a few months when this incident happened. A random person took time out of their day to hit me with a racial slur, with the sole intent of ruining my day. It was just another reminder that as a Black person, not even video games are a safe space. Unfortunately, this is all too common in the world of video game streaming. Black people in the Average Gamer Community have endured relentless, unwarranted disrespect for years. I was playing Overwatch and tried to make effective call outs to help my team win the match. Someone on my team proceeded to imitate my voice, then called me a “ghetto, broke nigger who sucks at the game.” In this arena, your audience is largely watching your stream to see how you react to the game. That’s why it’s essential for streamers to show their face via webcam if they hope to grow their following. As video game...

Apr 23, 2021