Gameheads Launches Program for Black American Students

Updated: Jan 19

Gameheads, an Oakland-based tech training program, is currently accepting applications for its Black Video Game Scholars Program.

The program is the first of its kind, aiming to "increase the number of young Black students in the video game industry pipeline, and the interactive entertainment and mixed media industries," according to an infographic photo released on Twitter last week.

"...The reaction after we announced it has been far better than we expected," Gameheads Executive Director Damon Packwood said in an email to Black Esports Network. "We thought it would slowly catch on but as we speak our social media accounts are on fire."

Applications are open to any student between the ages of 15 and 25, but 15 to 20-year-olds will be prioritized this year.

"I am definitely optimistic about where this could lead for Black Americans," Packwood said. "Given the way the Gameheads organization has progressed over the last six years we are very confident in the type of program we can provide."