First Story of 2021: Latinx In Gaming

My first published piece for the year is up at Gamecrate: How Latinx In Gaming Is Uniting A Community.

EXCERPT:

“We try our best to steer things in a direction that we think is positive for the community, but we also really want stuff to come from the community itself,” says Tirado. “We had an open call and did our best to pick out content that would benefit most people or would highlight communities that would not necessarily get as much shine.”

For three days on Twitch, that community and LIG showcased its talents in a variety of ways. There was a roundtable conversation about Afro Latinidad in the games industry community, for example. A separate 3.5-hour stream highlighted the speedruns of Speedruns Mexico, one of many members of the Latinx speedrunning community. Another video featured League of Legends Lead Animator Jose “Sho” Hernandez as he walked viewers through the creation of the Luchador skin. Yet another video featured four IGN employees sharing personal stories on how they launched their careers in games media while visiting each other’s islands in Animal Crossing. There were even food segments featuring recipes on how to make arepas & baleadas with co-founder Gomez and another on Puerto Rican tembleques.

The approach was a fun and informative way that allowed for the full expression of the diversity of Latinidad within the games community.

Read the full story here: https://gamecrate.com/how-latinx-gaming-uniting-community/26486

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