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9 Black Twitch Streamers You Should Be Following

9 Black Twitch Streamers You Should Follow Right Now

Twitch has had its challenges. Namely, the toxic atmosphere engendered by nerd culture. Black streamers (as well as streamers of color from other ethnocultural backgrounds) encounter a sort of double-bind within the Twitch universe. While they may have similar gaming and pop culture tastes, fandoms, and experiences as white streamers, they’re also up against an ecosystem polluted by white male insecurities and resentments. All of which are, in turn, projected towards even more vulnerable nerd groups – namely women, people of color, LGBTQ+, and all intersections therein.

In an effort to bring more attention those doing the (Video Games) Lord’s work, we’ve compiled a list of the 9 Black Twitch streamers you should be following right now and why:

 

1. Tanya (INeedDivGames)

What’s your favourite game to stream?

Mafia 3. Black dude with a revenge story? I’m not gonna lie. I knew I had to have that game when I saw that trailer, and he fed that dude to an alligator.

What’s your favourite game of all time?

Dragon Age 2. I will fight you. It’s one of the most well-written games. And yes, it was rushed to capitalize on the success of Dragon Age: Origins, but the characters made the game for me. The one thing I love, that you don’t see often, is that the NPCs have agency. They’re not waiting for you to come around; they’ve got lives. They move on.

What’s a reason people should tune into game streams?

Let’s say there’s a game you’re not sure about. But I’m hype for it, and I bought it, and I decided to stream it. You can check out that game without spending your hard-earned $60. For a lot of people, streaming isn’t just sitting on my ass, watching interactive TV. It’s much more than game watching.

What’s something people don’t know about you, but should?

I write Dragon Age fanfiction. Yes, you heard me. Dragon Age fanfiction.

 

2. Brandon (UGRGaming)

What’s your favourite game to stream?

Friday the 13th, Resident Evil, and Overwatch. Overwatch Brings out my competitive side, like back when I used to play Call of Duty.

What’s the ONE game for which you’d throw all others in the trash?

Streets of Rage for Sega Genesis. The music, man. It was different for its time. Plus it had a bit of diversity, which was pretty cool.

Why should people get on board with Twitch?

Content creators have basically become media people. Streaming, in general is a way to make friends and create connections.

 

3. Jay-Ann (BlackGirlGamers)

What’s the one game for which you’d throw all others in the trash?

Nah, no. I can’t. Sorry. I have so many games I enjoy for different reasons. No. NO!

What’s a good reason for newbies to check out streamers?

It’s really good experience to get exposed to games that you’ve never even met before. A lot of gamers stream indie content that might not be in the mainstream, or see the light of day otherwise. You get to see games in a different perspective, be it culture, or race, or gender. To me, that’s my form of entertainment. It’s stress-relieving, and it’s good to interact with people who like doing the same things that you do.

What’s popping with BlackGirlGamers at the moment?

We have a store we’ve recently launched with BGG. It’s important to me, because growing up, I never saw any kind of gaming merch with people like me reflected.

 

4. Undrea (SimplyUndrea)

 

What’s your go-to game for mindless entertainment?

Overwatch. But man, that community. I’m glad I play on PS4, I feel for my friends on PC. I’m so glad we don’t have chat on console. If anyone has anything bad to say, they can only use the voice lines. They can’t harass people.

What’s your favourite game of all time?

Chrono Cross. I love Chrono Cross just for the music and the backgrounds. That game is gorgeous. I love that game. When are they gonna give us a remake?

What’s your favourite game to stream?

I have to say anything Final Fantasy. I’ll just go ham. But they tricked us with the whole Lightning thing. They should’ve told us it was gonna be a trilogy. I feel like Will Smith gesturing to the side, like ‘What is this?’

What are some causes you support?

AnyKey is a new initiative backed by Intel & ESL which actively supports diversity and inclusivity in gaming. They also publish white papers and back women’s esports teams. (http://www.anykey.org/affiliates).
TakeThis is an amazing non-profit that educates and advocates for mental health. What I love about them is they have AFK rooms at different conventions if you have anxiety and need a moment or just want to chill away from how busy an event can get. (http://www.takethis.org)

5. Alexis (AlexisAyeee)

What’s your favourite game to stream?

My favourite games are usually first-person shooters and sports-related games, because that’s easy to get into. It’s an entertainment factor for the viewers, especially if you have friends to talk shit to while you’re playing.

Fallout 3 or Fallout 4?

Nah, fuck Fallout 4, dude.

Excellent. Fallout 3 or Fallout New Vegas?

New Vegas.

What’s your favourite game of all time?

The Warriors, on PS2.

You are definitely showing your youth.

What do you want? I’m 21!

 

6. Shareef (ReefJackson)

What’s your favourite game genre:

Man, that’s tough. It’s messy, but I’d say adventure. Any game that involves you having to figure out your purpose in the world, anything from Legend of Zelda, to Skyrim, to Grand Theft Auto.

What’s your favourite game of all time?

Super Mario Brothers 3. It’s not even close. I play it every year, and every year I find some small nuance in game design that I see reflected in games now. The way they pushed that hardware, the game’s world still feels huge now.

What’s your favourite game character of all time?

No one’s ever asked me that question. Let’s see…the one I identify with the most would be Lincoln Clay from Mafia III. Being able to make the decision to be lethal or non-lethal, but not having that choice when it came to Klan members? By the end of that game, I thought “Man, what a great character arc.”

 

7. Will (BlackOni)

How did you get your start as a streamer?

I’d messed around with Twitch, just a tiny bit. But it wasn’t until the Extra Life event, where we streamed for 24 hours, that was insane. I was there for, like, 15 of the 24 hours. But the fact that there was a small community geeking out, it was a really awesome moment. It solidified the idea of video games totally bringing people together.

Why is representation important among Black streamers?

We gotta get on the platform more, and stream more, and use our face cams. I consider myself a streamer, and just happen to be Black. It can be hard to do that, in this day and age, but it’s something we have to do if we want to see progression.

What’s your favourite game?

Metal Gear Solid. That’s not even a question. That was the first game I played, that changed my perspective on what games could be. I learned about life, about political structures, and it blew my mind that the game was teetering on the edge between being a game, and being a movie.

 

8. Katie (PikaChulita)

What was the first game you streamed?

Infamous: Second Son. I’ve been a gamer since I was five, and I’ve been on Twitter since around 2009. But around the time I got my PS4, I figured maybe people might want to watch me.

What can people expect when they tune into your stream?

I’m just me. I’m kind to people, I’m attentive, and we have conversations about everything. I’ve had viewers tell me what they’re going through, what their love life is like. We talk movies, anime, and everything under the sun, and I love that.

What’s something your audience doesn’t know about you?

They might know this, but I have a huge passion for social issues, for human rights. I got my degree in history, and I want to make the world a better place, in terms of Black rights, Muslim rights, gay rights, any group that may be underrepresented. It can be emotionally exhausting, and it takes a special kind of person to do that kind of work, but I have the heart for it.

 

9. Parris (GamerTagRadio)

How did you get your start?

In 2006, I reached out to GamerTag Radio, and Danny Peña aka “Godfree” was a great help in starting my own podcast. When I stopped doing that, Danny and Peter Toledo reached out to me and asked “You know what? Why don’t you just join us?” That part-time work quickly turned into full-time, and I’ve been with those guys ever since. Four or five months ago, we were approached by Twitch, and they offered to make us a partner.

What was the game that first got you hooked?

Has to be that first Mario game. Super Mario Brothers. But Super Mario 3? That, to me, is probably the greatest game ever made. It is a masterpiece of level design, and all the platforming elements in it literally hold up today. When you get a gamer now, that’s never played it? They go man, this is hard. That’s how gaming was, back then.

What can people expect when they tune into your stream?

If I’m seeing something happening in this industry that’s wrong, I say it. If you’re in this because you want to get free stuff from a publisher, you’re in the wrong reasons. The whole fiasco with the Xbox One, when it launched, I was very critical of that. I’m very skeptical of a lot of the things they do. (But)I’m highly critical of XBox because I love Xbox. I want them to be a true challenger to PlayStation in this space.

What are some causes you support?
I support Black Lives Matter and I Need Diverse Games

 

Did we miss any of your favorite Black game streamers? Let us know in the comments! And, of course, be sure to check out the @FanBrosShow Twitch Channel!

 

Corrections: Parris’s Twitch name and channel url have been updated.