Twitch partners with Atlanta-based nonprofit to launch new eSports league
The streaming platform and Cxmmunity will launch an eSports endeavor for HBCU schools
As the eSports industry continues to grow, more leagues are being set up. The latest announcement came from the game streaming platform Twitch that has announced a new partnership with an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization, Cxmmunity, which is dedicated to promoting the participation of minority groups in different activities. This new collaboration agreement will bring to life the first-ever Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) eSports league where students can compete and get support for scholarships that will be offered through Twitch Student.
The idea is to bring eSports to HBCUs and close the diversity gap there is in the industry by creating access to communities that have been long underserved. For Twitch, eSports leagues are just a natural expansion of the colleague traditional sports leagues and the platform said that those teams are often the “backbone of student life.” This first scholarship is meant to bring meaningful experiences to HBCU students so they can develop their skills in the areas of content creation and streaming.
Second, it will help people of color use their talents and raise their voices by introducing students to potential careers in different sectors of the eSports industry. Finally, this league will leverage local and national resources to continue driving Cxmmunity’s mission of creating equal opportunities.
“I think that it’s wonderful to see that they have created a platform for people of color to learn about this billion-dollar juggernaut,” said Dr. Marc Williams, global scholar practitioner at Florida Memorial University FMU). Williams has developed the curriculum for a new eSports related business program at FMU that will launch in the fall. “We do however need to make sure HBCU’s are treated with respect, like any other university. They’re interested in education first, and esports can be a vehicle to that education.”