Twitch has announced an official HBCU esports League, partnered with Gaming Nonprofit
Twitch has partnered with gaming non-profit Cxmmunity to create a Historically Black Colleges and Universities Esports league to encourage HBCU students to pursue careers in esports.
They will be providing students with educational support and a scholarship scheme to help HBCUs expand their esports programs.
The scheme intends to improve how many Historically Black Colleges and Universities compete in the National Association of Collegiate Esports, of which out of 200 places of study, only one is HBCU: Morehouse College.
The first HBCU League Esports games will be streamed live on August 2, on Cxmmunity’s Twitch channel. The games involved have yet to be announced, however, it is likely that they will be mainstream games such as Madden NFL, Call of Duty and Rocket League.
Cofounder of Cxmmunity, another partner in the project, Chris Peay, has said “As a graduate of an HBCU and knowing first-hand how we’re underrepresented and just lack the access to get into gaming.
“I’m excited to be working with Twitch to fulfil our mission in increasing the participation of minorities within these industries and close the digital divide”.
Twitch Student also hosted a HBCU league on July 5, which featured six teams, however with this new initiative and partners, they hope to increase the number of schools participating and grow the BAME community within esports.
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