The Black Collegiate Gaming Association (BCGA), the only collegiate esports and gaming organization owned by an African-American woman, kicks off its 2023 programming with Black College Con (BCC), a summit and esports tournament giving high school and college students of color exposure to new career opportunities in gaming, technology, and entertainment industries. BCC will be held at historically Black colleges and will celebrate Black students who are blazing trails in both white and Asian male-dominated fields.
Black College Con programming will launch both online and in person beginning on February 18th in Durham, NC; February 25th in Jackson, MS; March 11th in -Birmingham, AL. These all-day Summits will emerge conversations, career networking and esports competitions, while also connecting Black high school and college students across the country with Black corporate partners, successful entrepreneurs and leaders in the gaming/esports, technology, and entertainment industries, including: PlayStation, ADT, Bennett Thrasher and the Black Gamers League. It will broadcast live on Twitch with more than 20 HBCUs & colleges participating such as North Carolina Central, Jackson State and Miles College.
“This is the first time that platforms like this have been held in the gaming industry,” said Keshia Walker, Founder and Chairwoman of BCGA. “Black high school & college students, for the first time will have the opportunity to see and network with successful leaders in the industry and participate in fun gaming competitions for scholarships and prizes. They will also learn about a variety of career opportunities that can change the trajectories of their lives.
African Americans and women of color are the most overlooked audiences in esports, gaming, and the overall tech industry; yet that is where the greatest opportunities lie. It is time to ascend from just consumers to being contributors and creators. BCGA is here to provide exposure and pathways to these promising fields. Our goal is to aid in creating future groundbreakers and trailblazers. They will be the next set of history makers.”
Students and schools interested in participating in Black College Con may register for FREE at www.blackcollegecon.org. Promote Black College Con on all socials using the following hashtags: #BlackCollegeCon2023 #BCC2023 #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM #BCGA