BROOKLYN – Nets Gaming Crew (NetsGC), the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, has teamed up with HBCU Gaming to educate students on different career opportunities that exist within the esports industry. NetsGC is the first professional esports team to work with HBCU Gaming, and throughout the program, HBCU students will be given the opportunity to compete in an intramural esports league and join weekly panel events with NetsGC and other industry executives to learn more about esports as a profession.
“The esports industry is rapidly growing and there are limitless opportunities for upcoming talent in the gaming world,” said Jackie Wilson, Executive Director of BSE Global. “As we begin to develop the unique skills, talents and abilities needed for the next generation of esports professionals, it’s our goal to ensure students from diverse backgrounds are exposed to different opportunities available to them beyond becoming a professional gamer.”
“We launched HBCU Gaming to connect students through esports and, more impactfully, leverage this connection to introduce professional development and increased exposure to executive leaders,” said Thomas Foley, Principal of Indigo’s HBCU Gaming platform. “What attracted us to forming a partnership with NetsGC is their strong dedicated focus towards diversity and inclusion that is not only embraced across the continuum of leadership but also fostered throughout the organization. We could not have a more committed partner to help our HBCU students score greater professional opportunities.”
The first panel event in the “Press Play” series will take place on July 20 at 6 p.m. with NetsGC Head Coach and General Manager, Ivan “OG KING CURT” Curtiss. Students can register by clicking the link here.
Details on how HBCU students can register to participate in NetsGC and HBCU Gaming’s intramural esports league will be announced at a later date.