Black workers find little opportunity in growing video game industry


The inequality in the video game business mirrors the overwhelmingly White, male, corporate culture found across Silicon Valley. Black workers are in single-digits at the biggest technology companies, particularly in leadership roles. — Computer photo created by tirachardz - www.freepik.com

The racial justice movement sparked last year by the police killing of George Floyd exposed the dearth of Black professionals in numerous industries. Black in Gaming (Big), a networking and advocacy group in the world of video gaming, proposed to do something about it.

The group, citing surveys that just 2% of professions in the video game industry are Black compared with 13% of the US population, launched the Big Five in Five campaign with its supporters to boost Black employment to 5% in the next five years. But the challenge for change surpasses simple math.

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