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NIU Gaming For All group receives a grant from the Gen.G Foundation to support diversity in video gaming – NIU Today

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Gaming For All – a new sub-group of the NIU Esports Club – is getting a boost from Gen.G, one of the world’s leading esports organizations. NIU Gaming For All received a grant from the Gen.G Foundation, whose mission is to develop talented young gamers and promote diversity and inclusion within gaming.

With this new group, NIU Esports takes another step forward in a global movement to promote diversity and inclusion in video gaming. The NIU Esports Club has already been known as a…….

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Gaming For All – a new sub-group of the NIU Esports Club – is getting a boost from Gen.G, one of the world’s leading esports organizations. NIU Gaming For All received a grant from the Gen.G Foundation, whose mission is to develop talented young gamers and promote diversity and inclusion within gaming.

With this new group, NIU Esports takes another step forward in a global movement to promote diversity and inclusion in video gaming. The NIU Esports Club has already been known as a place that welcomes all gamers, regardless of identity, experience or preferred games. By supporting this new sub-group, the club is intensifying its already strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.

“Gaming For All grows out of our knowledge that playing video games together has the potential to build a healthy and positive community on campus,” says Jeannine East, NIU Esports project manager. “Esports Club members frequently tell us that the club provides a community and support system at NIU, that it helped to ease their transition into college and that it provides insight into the wide variety of careers available in the esports industry. We want to make sure that this community and career exploration is available to everyone.”

The NIU Gaming For All executive committee.

While Gaming For All welcomes any and all gamers, the group has a special interest in creating a safe and welcoming space for women and gender minorities.

“We know that 45% of casual gamers are women, but less than 25% of our NIU Esports community are female, so we wanted to create a place for those other gamers to join us – the students who may love to play casually or competitively but don’t consider themselves an esports player. And we wanted to create a place for anyone who wants to try out for our esports team to practice and improve their skills in a supportive environment.”

Why is there a need to combat gender disparities in esports? NIU students who helped to develop the Gaming For All group say that esports communities can often be intimidating to women and gender minorities.

“I know many people, myself included, who have interests in gaming and/or esports, but have past experiences that make participating in gaming communities intimidating. That’s why it’s so important for there to be explicitly inclusive spaces for diverse gamers available,” says Emily Brown, an NIU senior majoring in Computer Science and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

“I was especially grateful to be involved in the inception of this club as a queer and trans person so that I could work to make sure people like myself are explicitly included,” she continues. “I’m really proud of the work that the other founding members and I have done to get GFA going, and I have high hopes for the club’s future.”

Gaming For All President Elisabeth Pierce – an …….

Source: https://www.niutoday.info/2021/11/17/niu-gaming-for-all-group-receives-a-grant-from-the-gen-g-foundation-to-support-diversity-in-video-gaming/