HyperX partners with 1000 Dreams Fund’s BroadcastHER Academy to empower 10 women winners for gaming fellowship programme

Committed to empowering women in gaming and inspiring all gamers to achieve their best, HyperX continues to support initiatives internally and externally, including its partnership with the 1,000 Dreams Fund’s BroadcastHER Academy which enables 10 talented women selected for the 2021 Academy Fellowship Program. The alliance is also on the heels of joining forces with 2019 WNBA Champion Aerial Powers as a member of the HyperX Hero family of ambassadors who uses her voice to elevate the need for diversity and inclusion in all spaces, including esports and gaming.

“In the background of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, the HyperX team is proud to make an impact with the BroadcastHER Academy initiatives and looks forward to enabling the latest group of fellows to advance and grow in their gaming and esports journeys. We’re seeing a swell of support from the mainstream to encourage females to break the mold and positively change the perception of “a typical gamer” and how they can fulfill their dreams in the gaming industry. It’s an important time in the gaming industry to continue to elevate women to combat gender bias, and HyperX is focused on doing our part to encourage diversity and help change mindsets,” says HyperX strategic alliances head Wendy Lecot. 

Sharing dreams of being competitive esports players, creators, storytellers, broadcasters, and more, 10 talented women were chosen to join the BroadcastHER Academy Fellowship Program for 2021 where they will receive valuable work experience and networking opportunities with leaders in the industry. Powered by HyperX and Allied Esports, the BroadcastHER Academy is a year-long fellowship program that includes a $1,000 microgrant to help further the winners’ education along with HyperX gear and an all-expense-paid trip to the HyperX Arena Las Vegas to shadow the Allied Esports team and receive a behind-the-scenes look at the esports industry.

This year’s BroadcastHER Academy Fellowship winners represent a broad range of talent, interests and aspirations and are poised to help shape the future of gaming culture in a positive way:

  • Topaz Bess

Dreams of being an esports athlete and host

  • Kayla Thomas

Dreams of utilizing her story-telling skills and passion for gaming combined with broadcasting to accomplish BIG things

  • Gisselle Benitez

Dreams of continuing her path in competitive esports as both a player and creator. She is currently a part of Stephens College’s all women team (the first college in the US to have an all-female roster)

  • Jennifer Stanley

Dreams of working in game design/3D animation

  • Devan Tozzo

Dreams of becoming a community manager to be the connection between gamers and their communities and brands/charities/etc.

  • Clairene Hunt

Dreams of becoming a writer for a gaming company/story writing

  • @maidendere

Dreams of becoming a UX designer for video games or gaming applications; Current thesis is a product aimed to keep women safe at offline gaming/esports events

  • Shakeema Hill

Has BIG dreams in competitive esports as a competitor and host, specifically fighting games which is extremely lacking women of color

  • Allison Sachs

Wants to tackle games journalism and documentaries with her own unique perspective as a woman

  • Tyler Oswald

Dreams of winning the fellowship to level up her esports event management skills

“We created the BroadcastHER Academy Fellowship program for women in esports and gaming to help advance careers in the industry, especially as the pathway forward is still unclear with few formal training programs and educational options. Now in its third year, we’ve seen great success for program participants both in front and behind the camera, including opportunities with our valued partners Allied Esports and HyperX, and we only expect more of this as the program grows and expands,” said 1,000 Dreams Fund founder and CEO Christie Garton. 

As the world of gaming culture continues to evolve, HyperX is dedicated to supporting all gamers. From well-known streamers and champion athletes to industry leaders and new creator talent, the HyperX family reflects diversity in gaming with inspirational team members and ambassadors such as Aerial Powers, Pokimane and Valkyrae, who are all paving the way for women inclusivity and opportunity in the industry.