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Epic Games To Distribute 40 Percent Of Its 'Billions' In Fortnite Revenue To Eligible Creators

Epic Games, which operates Fortnite, is set to get creators paid. The interactive entertainment company has launched Creator Economy 2.0 to distribute 40 percent of Fortnite’s net revenues to eligible creators who publish games in Fortnite, according to a blog post.

Mar 23, 2023

Shaquille O'Neal Shares Why Gamers Should Be Considered Athletes: 'I Can’t Do What You Do'

Shaquille O’Neal is most commonly known today for his quirky sports commentary on TNT. The former NBA all-star is at the center of conversations, particularly around basketball and the actions of athletes. However, in a recent conversation, O’Neal discussed the world of eSports and expanded his definition of what an “athlete” is.  

May 27, 2022

Doja Cat To Become A Video Game Character In Comedy Game With Proceeds Going To South African Nonprofit

Attention Doja Cat stans: You will soon be able to play as your fave in a video game! The “Woman” singer is stepping into the metaverse as she will be featured in Eek! Games’ raunchy comedy game, House Party, according to Hypebae. House Party x Doja Cat – Coming Fall 2022! #housepartygame #dojacat @dojacat Wishlist the Doja Cat DLC here: Check out House Party: — House Party (@houseparty_game) March 1, 2022 Based on the game’s description, Doja’s bubbly and goofy persona is a perfect match. The outlet reports that it will include her side story where “players will track down a masked dancing sensation as part of her master plan.” “The game is amazing. You’re actually going to be able to hear and see me in it. I’ve been super involved with everything as far as my story, the things I say, and the outfits that I’m wearing just to make it as fun as possible,” she shared.  

Mar 4, 2022

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

Minority Tech Students At Cal State East Bay Are Getting a Boost With This New Game Design Program

Oakland-based tech training program Gameheads has teamed up with some notable partners to launch a game design certificate program at Cal State East Bay this spring. According to a press release, the new program will be hosted through the university’s art and continuing education departments. In partnership with Unity, Oculus from Facebook and Niantic, East Bay’s game design certificate program specifically wants to attract students of color and low income students to participate. “This certificate program is a game changer in breaking down barriers to the tech industry that our students have faced for too long, and it’s possible because of industry leaders like Oculus, Unity and Niantic,” said Gameheads Executive Director Damon Packwood in a statement. “We thank them for helping create true diversity in tech.” Packwood said Gameheads has been committed to providing minority students with more tech education opportunities. This new program at East Bay will be co-taught by game...

Mar 24, 2021

Black Pioneers Whose Inventions and Leadership Helped Shape the Billion-Dollar Gaming Industry

Gaming is a billion-dollar industry (and counting) that often neglects or shuts out Black gamers. Though overlooked, Black developers, engineers, programmers, and gamers have skillfully contributed to the business. High-profile founders like Dennis Matthews and popular streaming gamers like Swagg continue to bring visibility to the Black gaming community, but before them, who laid the foundation? Let’s take a moment to salute the three Black pioneers who helped shape the modern gaming industry. Gerald “Jerry” Lawson As a kid, Queens, New York native Jerry Lawson nurtured his love for electronics. He repaired TVs as a teen and made walkie-talkies. He eventually became an engineer and designer at Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corp’s gaming division in the ’70s. There, Lawson led the team that invented the Fairchild Channel F (“F” is for fun), the first-ever video game console that allowed gamers to play several different games on one system via the first video game cartridge. It...

Feb 11, 2021