Partnership with Cxmmunity HBCU Esports League Underpins Efforts to Empower Minorities in Esports and Gaming
SEATTLE (January 12, 2020) — Evil Geniuses (EG), one of the original and most iconic professional esports organizations in the world, today announced the start of its partnership with Cxmmunity (pronounced Community), an Atlanta-based nonprofit focused on increasing minority participation and representation within esports and the video game industry as a whole. Through this partnership, EG is cementing a direct relationship with the student populations at Morehouse College, North Carolina Central University, Oakwood University, Johnson C. Smith University, and 16 other prestigious Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the United States.
In accordance with this newly established relationship, Evil Geniuses is committing 25% of their ‘Genius League’ professional internship program candidacies towards applicants from HBCUs that are reached through this relationship. The Genius League internship program is a highly sought after professional development initiative that trains college students on the professional demands that it takes to run the various departments within one of the top esports organizations in the world. Since the program’s inception in June 2020, multiple candidates have already transitioned and made the professional leap from college interns to full-time employees within Evil Geniuses.
“In my experience with HBCUs, often the most prominent hurdle is access to viable employment opportunities within emerging industries,” said Chris Peay, co-founder of Cxmmunity. “Evil Geniuses is the perfect organization to surmount the opportunity gap for these talented candidates and help them translate their passion for the industry into a lasting career.”
“Today marks the continuation of an ongoing commitment that we have to underrepresented communities within gaming and esports,” said Anthony Scala, collegiate lead at Evil Geniuses. “At Evil Geniuses, we’ve focused on establishing a ‘front office path-to-pro’ to fuel passion within all aspects of the industry. By partnering with Cxmmunity to speak directly to the professional talent pool within HBCUs, we’re enriching the culture of the gaming ecosystem and giving back to the community that’s given so much to us.”
Inclusion of HBCU candidates into Genius League is one of the many aspects formalized as part of the partnership between EG and Cxmmunity. Other initiatives including on-campus virtual events and other activities will be announced and rolled out throughout the 2021 calendar year.
Cxmmunity, pronounced community, is committed to increasing minority youth participation in the esports and video game industry so that there are equal opportunities as new jobs and professions are being created. They do this by helping underserved k-12 institutions and HBCU students strengthen their digital, business-management, and STEM skills. Providing them with access to video game publishers, film producers, sports and entertainment executives, professional athletes, and world-renowned artists.