Xbox brings Black voices to the forefront with content and events in honor of Black History Month.
The video game industry at large has not always been the most inclusive or diverse community. But strides have been taken in recent years by many studios to try and make it a better place for the many everyone within it. Now that we are officially in Black History Month, Xbox has detailed its push to bring its Black voices to the forefront. Throughout this month and further, they aim to bring more of its content and creators to the forefront that exemplify the values of the Black community.
A collection of video games and films have been curated to be front and center in the Xbox Store. Films such as Black Panther and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse are a few of the picks on display. Also, Telltale’s The Walking Dead and Watch Dogs 2 are some of the games on display. All of the selected content was chosen as they were deemed to best exemplify Black stories and storytellers. The full lineup of spotlighted content is available on the Xbox marketplace.
Xbox will also be hosting a series of weekly streams over on Twitch as well. Each stream will highlight Black game creators, actors, and streamers within the community. Giving more attention to Black talent in the industry is always a topic of derision among some. The reality is that they deserve a space within the wider games world. Allowing them the platform to do so will only make it better and more inclusive for everyone in the end.
This announcement also follows a previous statement from Microsoft at large to combat racial injustice. The company previously came out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and has aimed to increase inclusion and diversity company-wide. They have also donated a sizeable amount to the movement as well as to the NAACP in support.
More and more studios have announced pushes to ensure a safe space for its Black community. Standing with these members is a small but helpful step along the way towards solidarity and inclusion. It’s something that the industry has a long way to go on but it’s surely a step in the right direction.
For more information about Xbox and their further offerings during Black History Month and beyond, their official statement has all of the details.