Events Menu

Events
View Latest Posts
View Subscriptions
Posting Instructions

Active Bloggers

Reggie Culpepper Reggie Culpepper
Clark Atlanta University class of 1998
HBCU CONNECT HBCU CONNECT
Central State University class of 1995
Beverly Johnson Beverly Johnson
class of
Kamal Imani Kamal Imani
New York Inst of Tech class of 1997
Temeka Wilson Temeka Wilson
class of
Kennedy Williams Kennedy Williams
Spelman College class of 2020
Candice Lyseight Candice Lyseight
Howard University class of 2005
Nicole Rankine Nicole Rankine
University of Georgia class of 2000

McDonald’s of DMV Region, Gen.G, Cxmmunity Host HBCU NetWORK Gaming Conference on Nov. 12-13

McDonald’s of DMV Region, Gen.G, Cxmmunity Host HBCU NetWORK Gaming Conference on Nov. 12-13
Posted By: Matt Basta on November 11, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

McDonald’s of DMV Region, Gen.G, Cxmmunity Announce HBCU NetWORK Gaming Conference

The virtual conference will feature a series of gaming, esports, and educational panels, tournaments and workshops tailored for HBCU students

LOS ANGELES (November 11, 2021) - McDonald’s of Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Eastern Shore; global esports organization Gen.G; and Cxmmunity, a nonprofit whose mission is to increase the number of minorities engaging in the gaming industry, today announced they are partnering to host the HBCU NetWORK, a two day gaming and esports conference for HBCU students in the Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Eastern Shore area.

The virtual conference, which will be streamed on November 12 and 13 on twitch.tv/gengsports, will feature competitive games, panels and workshops such as highlighting African-American leaders in the esports and gaming community. Throughout the event, attendees will hear from prominent speakers and panelists in topics such as “Unsung Heroes: Lesser Known Careers in Gaming” or the “Craft Your Story” workshop, intending to help attendees build their personal brand.

Locally-owned McDonald’s franchise locations supported Gen.G and Cxmmunity on overall event programming, tournament execution, and fostering connections with HBCUs in the DC, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area. The partnership’s mission is to bridge opportunity gaps in the gaming and esports industry by presenting HBCU students with the opportunity to interact potential career paths in all areas of competitive gaming from content creation to venue management. Creating opportunities for HBCU students is yet another way local McDonald’s Owner/Operators support growth and equity in their communities.

"We want to support the next generation of leaders in our community by offering them ways to engage with industries that excite them and match their passions and talents, " said Raoul Alvarez, a local McDonald’s Owner/Operator. "We're committed to showing our belief in the futures of these students and couldn't be more excited to partner with Gen.G on this exciting esports conference."

Cxmmunity is also creating a mentorship program for selected HBCU students that are aspiring content creators, with Gen.G providing equipment to improve their gaming setups and influencers to engage with students through games.

“As we developed this program with McDonald’s and Gen.G, it was incredibly important to offer these students a complete experience in terms of curriculum, community and some competition,” said Ryan Johnson, founder and executive director of Cxmmunity. “We want to connect them with leaders in our industry who can inspire them to pursue a career in the esports or video game industry.”

Additionally, top competitive players and clubs from HBCUs in the DMV area will be invited to participate in tournaments, with cash prizes going to the winning programs. A highlight of the conference will be the “Hero Stories” panel in which guest speakers will share their personal career journeys, coach students on how to improve their gaming abilities, and share industry knowledge on how students can become better content creators.



“We are excited to once again partner with McDonald’s, this time to focus on the development and growth of diversity and representation in the esports and gaming space,” said Kahlil Keys, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Gen.G. “Working with Cxmmunity to foster community and encourage academic excellence has been instrumental in furthering our mission of developing the industry’s next generation of talented and diverse voices.”

In addition to tournaments and guest speakers, the conference will feature development events including a professionalism workshop and a content creator workshop focused on how to build a personal brand. Students will also have the chance to participate in a virtual cosplay contest and enter giveaways between panels and tournaments.

HBCU NetWORK is presented by DMV McDonald’s Gaming, which extends the Brand's gaming program. Earlier this year, McDonald’s and Gen.G announced the expansion of the Crew League and All Stars competition to the East Coast, which aimed at engaging employees and gaming fans in select regions across the U.S.

About Gen.G:
Established in 2017, Gen.G is the leading esports organization connecting the United States and Asia. Currently ranked no. 6 in the Forbes list of the “World's Most Valuable Esports Companies,” Gen.G is the only major organization that owns and operates top teams in the world's leading esports markets — China, South Korea and the United States. Its unique portfolio of teams, winners of seven global championships to date, includes the Seoul Dynasty franchise of the Overwatch League; 2014 and 2017 League of Legends world champion team in South Korea; the world's top all-women's Fortnite team, based in Los Angeles; and the NBA 2K League's historic expansion franchise in Shanghai.

United under #TigerNation, Gen.G's core mission is to help fans and athletes use the power of gaming and esports to get ahead in and beyond the competition. The company has quickly become a commercial and thought leader, building a global, inclusive and cross-cultural future for sports entertainment. Its widely acclaimed initiatives include: #TeamBumble, the leading team platform for the empowerment of women in gaming; and Gen.G Elite Esports Academy, the world's first fully-integrated academic esports program. Gen.G's teams, content creators and corporate staff work out of their offices in Los Angeles, Seoul and Shanghai. More information about Gen.G esports and its teams can be found at this link.

About McDonald’s of Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Eastern Shore
McDonald’s of Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Eastern Shore is comprised of 472 franchised restaurants owned and operated by 55 local owner/operators. For more information visit www.mcdonalds.com or download our app at McD.to/GetApp.

About Cxmmunity
Cxmmunity; pronounced “community”; is committed to increasing minority youth participation in the esports and video game industries to achieve equal opportunity as new jobs and professions are being created. They do this by ensuring that underserved K-12 and HBCU students have the necessary access to develop skills within STEM and business-management through exposure to video game publishers; film producers; sports and entertainment executives; professional athletes; and world-renowned artists. Cxmmunity won the 2021 Tempest Award for “Collegiate Esports Partnership of the Year” with Twitch and its HBCU Esports League. For more information, please visit www.cxmmunity.co/.
If you enjoyed this article, Join HBCU CONNECT today for similar content and opportunities via email!
Comments
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
More From This Author
Twitch, Cxmmunity Unveil Second Season of HBCU Esports League With 25 Schools Competing in Madden and NBA2K
Latest Events
UTA x HBCU Entertainment Summit

UTA x HBCU Entertainment Summit

Calling all HBCU students! UTA, a leading talent, entertainment, and sports company, invites you to explore the business side of film, TV, music, sports, digital media, and much more. JOIN US ON FE ...more
Candice Lyseight • 14 Views • January 25th, 2022
DOD Civilian Careers - Virtual Career Fair

DOD Civilian Careers - Virtual Career Fair

DOD Civilian Virtual STEM, Research, Medical Career Fair. To register visit: https://app.brazenconnect.com/a/DCPAS/e/g6... #STEM #ScienceCareers #TechnoogyCareers #MedicalCareers #ResearchCareers #En ...more
Jimmy Clark • 22 Views • January 25th, 2022
SPRING 2022 VIRTUAL FACULTY & STAFF INSTITUTE | REGISTER NOW! | JANUARY 4TH & 5TH

SPRING 2022 VIRTUAL FACULTY & STAFF INSTITUTE | REGISTER NOW! | JANUARY 4TH & 5TH

PLEASE SHARE ACROSS THE HBCU COMMUNITY! Register Now:BJMCFI.ONLINE PLEASE NOTE: There is no cost to register. ...more
Mark Anthony Wright • 321 Views • January 2nd, 2022
PREEMINENT FUTURIST, CLAIRE A. NELSON, PHD., MODERATES AT HBCU  RESEARCH AND INNOVATION WEEK FORUM

PREEMINENT FUTURIST, CLAIRE A. NELSON, PHD., MODERATES AT HBCU RESEARCH AND INNOVATION WEEK FORUM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (NOVEMBER 10, 2021 - SILVER SPRING, MD)   Clarie A. Nelson, Ph.D., preeminent futurist and author of SMART Futures for a Flourishing World: A Paradigm Shift for Achieving Glo ...more
Christina Royster • 1,286 Views • November 10th, 2021
I leave you love: an audio drama on the life and legacy of Mary Macleod Bethune

I leave you love: an audio drama on the life and legacy of Mary Macleod Bethune

Vanitas Arts Celebrates ‘Hidden’ Black Suffragette with launch of brand new audio drama in Black History Month UK 2021 Vanitas Arts, a Story Production Company are launching a new audio drama pod ...more
• 982 Views • November 3rd, 2021
Popular Events
How To Pump Out Your Own Cash Producing Ebooks!

How To Pump Out Your Own Cash Producing Ebooks!

We will help you figure out your market, write your book, post it on your website, and with the right business savvy, your audience will come to you. Why an ebook? You have creative control over yo ...more
Pam Perry • 18,471 Views • August 10th, 2009
The 3 big secrets for getting on national TV

The 3 big secrets for getting on national TV

Would you like to be a guest on a top national TV show like Oprah, Good Morning America, Today Show or Fox News Channel? Of course you would because there are few faster ways to instantly ...more
Pam Perry • 14,480 Views • July 23rd, 2009
Walgreens Opens Up Internship Programs to HBCU Students on HBCUConnect.com - Apply Today!

Walgreens Opens Up Internship Programs to HBCU Students on HBCUConnect.com - Apply Today!

Join us for a virtual series internship program event with Walgreens! Soon, Walgreens will be accepting applications for their 2021 Summer Internship Program. Through this series of virtual programs, ...more
Will Moss • 14,285 Views • August 18th, 2020
Clark Atlanta Professor Vernon Clarke Presents The Highwaymen Project.

Clark Atlanta Professor Vernon Clarke Presents The Highwaymen Project.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum and Take on the Arts, hosts The Highwaymen: Legacy of a Landscape. This exhibition honors the artistic contribution and ...more
Daniel Moss • 12,480 Views • January 31st, 2017
STOP THE VOILENCE/ CEASE THE CRIME NATIONWIDE  2017

STOP THE VOILENCE/ CEASE THE CRIME NATIONWIDE 2017

Dear  HBCU Family Hope many of you will be very interested in what I am doing regarding reaching out to our youth in the communities across America. Let's Turn Our Communities Back Around Togeth ...more
Min Sammy Jackson • 10,108 Views • November 29th, 2016
Please Give Us a Like on Facebook!