Facebook Gaming Launches Black Creator Program

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Participants will gain early access to streaming features and tools designed to help them grow their community, as well as the opportunity to attend bi-monthly training summits and more.

Facebook Gaming on Tuesday unveiled the Black Gaming Creator Program, committing $10 million over two years to provide the funding, mentorship and resources necessary to become a partnered creator on the platform.

Those selected will gain early access to streaming features and tools designed to help young creators grow their brand and community, as well as the opportunity to attend bi-monthly training summits, digital gaming events and receive monthly pay.

"Earlier this year, we committed $200 million to support Black-owned businesses and organizations, part of a broader $1.1 billion investment in Black and diverse suppliers and communities in the US.," said Leo Olebe, global director of games partnerships at Facebook, in a statement. "As part of these efforts, Facebook Gaming has committed an additional $10 million over two years to support the Black community of gaming creators. Game streaming brings people together in a powerful way over a shared passion for games, and we hope to encourage more people to express their creativity through gaming."

Facebook launched its gaming tab in early 2019 as a dedicated platform for users to play and watch games, as well as engage with the gaming and esports community. Later in the year the tech giant debuted a dedicated app for video games, allowing users to live-stream directly from their phones directly to Facebook.

Of the Black Gaming Creator Program, Facebook Gaming creator and esports personality King Richard shared in his own statement, "Growing up as a new streamer is tough. I did it with the support of my family and my community, and having a huge company like FB.gg supporting us is going to open the doors up for future success."

Beginning Dec. 8, creators may apply for partnership here.