McDonald's, Gen.G, and the Black Collegiate Gaming Association have joined forces to organize the HBCU+ College NetWORK Summit, a meeting for HBCU students interested in the gaming and esports industries.

HBCU students will have the opportunity to connect with leaders in the gaming and esports industry for a day of advice, building relationships, and more.

March 17th 2023.

McDonald's, Gen.G, and the Black Collegiate Gaming Association have joined forces to organize the HBCU+ College NetWORK Summit, a meeting for HBCU students interested in the gaming and esports industries.
McDonald's collaborated with global esports organization Gen.G and the Black Collegiate Gaming Association for the HBCU+ College netWORK Summit. This occasion was organized to introduce Black college students to professionals and entrepreneurs in the gaming and esports industries. In addition, 16 of the student participants will join in an NBA 2K tournament with a $1,000 prize pool. The games will be streamed on the Gen.G Twitch channel: Twitch.tv/Gengesports, allowing for a comprehensive student experience and exposure.

"Simply opening the doors to gaming and esports to a new generation is not enough. We are aiming to provide these individuals with the necessary tools and resilience to pursue their passion over a long period of time through HBCU+ College netWORK," said Keshia Walker with BCGA.

Gaming and esports executives will mentor students and engage in conversations through a variety of panels and networking mixers. The panel will include successful Black leaders and executives within gaming and esports. Discussion topics will encompass how to manage toxicity in the workplace alongside fresh trends such as NFTs, crypto, blockchain and lottery. Notable speakers and organizations such as Jessica Murrey, member of the Game Awards Future Class and CEO of Wicked Saints Studios, Jabari Alii, game designer at Skydance Interactive, and creator HipHopGamer will be present to share their expertise and knowledge. Students will also have the opportunity to use the designated time slots for networking and talk to the panelists one on one.

"McDonald's is devoted to providing access to educational opportunities and resources that will support students in achieving their goals," said Craig B. Welburn, President of McDonald's Capital Business Unit and McDonald's Owner Operator. "Partnering with BCGA and Gen.G helps students realize their dreams and we are thrilled to invest in the next generation of leaders in gaming and esports."

"HBCU+ College NetWORK" is the in-person version of the first HBCU NetWORK Conference in 2022, held in the Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Eastern Shore area. Alongside BCGA, Gen.G and McDonald's, they are dedicated to closing the opportunity gaps in gaming and esports. "HBCU+ College NetWORK" is intended to offer participants the chance to interact with professionals from all areas of competitive gaming, including content creation and venue management.

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