Earlier this year, Xbox supported Black History Month by showcasing black creators and sharing stories of diversity at Xbox Studios. Today, Xbox announced a new effort in support of National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week that hopes to encourage more black students to enter the video game industry.
Xbox is noted in today’s blog update that despite 13% of the general US working population, only 2% of professional video game developers are black. So, to help “close that gap,” Xbox announced Project Amplify, “a video series that aims to amplify black voices on Xbox to inspire, educate, and motivate youth across the U.S. to aspire to careers in the gaming industry through authentic storytelling. from black leaders and employees across the Xbox ecosystem.”
Project Amplify will tell the stories of 14 black Xbox employees. They will share tips, provide insight and recount highlights from their careers. The idea is to educate prospective students about the diversity of roles at Xbox while introducing some of the black people who work on them.
“Growing up I didn’t have much of a vision of what my career would be. I decided to go to college because I thought it was a way to “get a good job” and get out of poverty, but even as a freshman in Computer Science sir, I still had a very shallow understanding of the opportunities the IT industry presented to me. technology,” said Q Muhaimin, director of product and co-head of Black Communities at Xbox.
“During my college and internship experience, I learned more about how big the world is—how many companies, careers, and paths there are to find or create a job you love. I want more people to know that they have options, nothing is impossible or out of reach for them and encourage them to start pursuing their passions early.”
You can watch a teaser of Project Amplify on the official ID@Xbox YouTube channel, but the big launch will be at Revolt Summit 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia this weekend. Xbox has also provided a list of free resources for learning about coding, game design, and game engines on Xbox Wire here.
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