Here Are the Black Women in Gaming to Look Out For

Black women have been emerging as leaders in many technology-based fields, but the gaming industry remains very one-sided, with women and minority groups still underrepresented both within games and as creators. However, talented women of color are making their mark, and the opportunity to broaden the representation in gaming—benefiting everyone—has never been greater. The blog Black Girl Nerds profiled several black women making their mark as leaders in the gaming world.

By Kaylyn Williams

The gaming community is one that’s continuously growing and developing, but we haven’t hit a point to call it “inclusive”. The medium is still dominated by white men and minorities still aren’t fully represented. Recently, Blizzard has come under fire for failing to add a Black woman to their roster in Overwatch (even though it’s been out for three years, come on Blizzard).

It seems like gaming communities just don’t think Black women are in their target audience. That’s not true. We’ve always been there. We wear the merchandise, play the games, and support creators. And now, we’re starting to become more vocal. Black women recognize that there aren’t many spaces that accept us with open arms, so we create our own. There’s an abundance of creators and communities that celebrate Black women in gaming.

It’s easy to be discouraged in the gaming community as a Black woman, but that shouldn’t stop us from participating. So many of us love gaming and want to find a way to talk about it. Sometimes it just feels like we have to put it away. We shouldn’t have to feel like that. There are spaces where we can feel safe amongst one another, talking about the one thing we all love.

Image credit: Black Girl Nerds

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