MetArena, the newly rebranded esports startup, is co-hosting the first ever esports summit with a focus on historically Black colleges and universities.
The St. Petersburg-based startup has teamed up with Johnson C. Smith University to bring the first ever esports conference with both a focus on competition and offering career opportunities for would-be gamers. It will have a specific focus on historically Black colleges and universities, or HBCUs.
"There's been an issue with inclusion in the gaming industry for decades," Howard said. "And here in the last year, with everything going on with more calls for social inclusion, it's the perfect time to address the issue of creating more economic growth opportunities for communities of color. And likewise, while everything has been shutting down, the gaming industry grew. This is making sure everyone has a seat at the table to enjoy that growth."
The 2021 ASCEND HBCU Esports Conference and Expo will be held the weekend of the Super Bowl on Feb. 5, 2021.