Our Sister Community Black Girl Gamers has been featured on Vice Broadly! Here’s the interview with BGG Founder: Jay aka Supadupacurl
Jay-Anne Lopez. Screenshot via YouTube channel BlackGirlGamers
I was just like anybody else. I got a Super Nintendo, then I had a PS1, then I had a PS2, I skipped PS3 and moved onto Xbox. I’m also into PC gaming,” says Jay–Ann Lopez, the founder of Black Girl Gamers (BGG).
Built as a safe space for female gamers of color, BGG has attracted almost 1,000 members from all over the world since its inception in 2016. In that time, Lopez says, it’s developed into a community where members look to uplift and support each other—alongside playing games like Overwatch, Until Dawn, Slender, and many more.
Lopez, an author and blogger, said she created Black Girl Gamers “for selfish reasons, to be honest.”
“For one,” she explains, “I didn’t have many women or men or friends who were on my feed that I could play with… The people that I did play with would make jokes that I didn’t appreciate as a woman, or I didn’t appreciate as a black woman.”
The global gaming audience is estimated to be around 2.6 billion—and it’s only growing. But its representation of people of color leaves a lot to be desired. Black protagonists are few and far between in games, and those that do exist tend to be based on racial stereotypesd, like the muscly sidekick or the drug-pushing hustler.
Congratulations to Jay and the BGG community! We can’t wait to see what you all do next!