The gaming business is worth $135 billion annually — but Black women are almost nowhere to be seen. In an overwhelmingly male and White industry, women comprise just 27 percent of gaming professionals, and only 1 percent identify as Black. But now, groups like Thumbstick Mafia and Brown Girl Gamer Code are giving a voice and a sense of community to Black female gamers, OZY reports, building on what used to be isolated efforts.
What’s next? Beyond simply providing supportive environments and opportunities for socializing, these groups are moving toward creating their own games.