N*ggas be on them games, might as well make it advantageous for them.
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) recently announced a partnership with Blaze Fire Games to establish professional and academic pathways in technology and gaming. Blaze Fire Games and the MEAC have come together to launch an ESports league. This news comes on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the all-HBCU sports league.
Blaze Fire Games is a licensed digital content provider that taps into a multitude of creative talent and skills across the world. Blaze Fire Games' mission is to connect a diverse group of participants by introducing them to a career path where they will learn to compete in a gaming environment. The company engages in cross-cultural experiences by offering entertainment events in the ESports industry, to include education career pathway certifications, a multi-player team league and individual player competitive ESports tournaments.
The Commissioner of the MEAC, Dennis Thomas said, The future is here, and it is vital to the MEAC to be a part of ESports moving forward.” He believes ESports is largely becoming a part of the students' lives, bot culturally and financially, so why not allow them to benefit from it in an academic environment that can lead to professional careers in tech and/or gaming. This exposure is sure to help boost diversity in a field where there are not many Black faces.
The way the league will function is with online tournaments that are hosted through Blaze Firs Games. Each of the 11 MEAC schools will have the opportunity to compete in games online such as NBA 2K, Madden, Super Smash Bros, and Rocket League to name a few. The uniqueness of this is that any current, alum, or university staff member can participate. There will also be an online class component for students to take advantage of in courses such as Intro to ESports, ESports Production Management, ESports Digital Marketing, Competitive Gaming Analytics and ESports Coaching.
Isiah Reese, Blaze's CEO said, “The MEAC has a long, storied history when it comes to forward thinking and innovation. There was a huge opportunity to partner, introduce and insert the Blaze Fire Games ESports program and resources in the states of South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Maryland and North Carolina, as well as Washington, D.C., at one time. There's really no time like the present to focus on this ESports industry because of these changing times we are living in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
This was a great idea for the MEAC to bring to their schools; it has been reported that ESports brings in over $1 billion in revenue, while appealing to all types of gamers in every demographic possible.
This is a win for Black Colleges and Black gamers! Cant wait to see what comes of this!