These Women Got Game and are Showing Others How to Play

Letta J and Keshia Walker, two women of color, are forging a path for themselves in the esports realm through Soho Gaming House and COEXIST Gaming, Black Enterprise reported.

Playing ever-popular games like Fortnite and Madden NFL is not just a casual activity to take part in — this is a booming business. But problems that need solving include online hate speech and the chance for more minorities to find a niche for themselves with gaming for profit, have come up according to the article. Also ESPN hosted a conversation about race and diversity in esports and gaming.

AfroTech originally reported that Letta J and Walker said online hate speech and bullying tactics have become more mainstream as video game streaming opportunities have thrived.  Letta J runs Soho Gaming House in New York City, and created a positive place for women in esports. COEXIST Gaming supports gamers who are interested in opportunity and growth, according to the article. This space was created by Letta J and Daniel (Sem).

“In a male-dominated field such as ours, it’s important to create a solution, especially if the problem directly negatively affects you,” Letta J told AfroTech.

Walker, the founder of Women Got Game Summit, is a gaming legend who experienced various levels of racism and marginalization throughout her lengthy career.

“You may be the only woman of color in the gaming room,” Walker told AfroTech,  “but it’s not always going to be this way. You need to stand your ground—you need to be firm—and you need to make sure no one disrespects you. You have just as much of a right to be there as everyone else, male or female.”

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