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‘BroadcastHER Academy’ Esports and Gaming Fellowship Program for Women Announced

Today the 1,000 Dreams Fund (1DF), a national nonprofit that provides micro-grants that support the dreams of talented young women, announces the expansion of the BroadcastHER Academy (powered by Allied Esports & HyperX) into the first-ever esports and gaming fellowship program for high potential women interested in pursuing careers in the industry – whether in-front or behind the camera. Partners include premier esports entertainment company Allied Esports and HyperX Gaming.

“In order for the esports and gaming industry to continue to thrive, a diverse and talented workforce is needed – and women must have a seat at the table,” says 1,000 Dreams Fund Founder and CEO Christie Garton. “We believe that the Academy, with further investment and support by our partners, can become a talent pool for our partners and the industry, while providing a clearer pathway for women who want to thrive in the industry.”

Esports, a booming and lucrative industry, is expected to exceed $1.65 billion in global revenue by 2021, according to Newzoo—and Statista reports that about 44% of gamers are women. While women are rising in influence, the challenges they face in what is still considered to be a “male-dominated” world include a substantial pay gap.

In 2020, a group of 10 talented women will be announced to the fellowship program for one year. Applicants will submit a proposed plan for goals they hope to accomplish by the end of the program.

Selected winners will receive:

  • $1,000 microgrant to further their education;
  • One 60-minute mentor session with an executive from one of our partners by video conference. Matches made based on skills and career interests of both the mentor and mentee;
  • The program will include an all-expense paid trip for winners to visit a center of esports excellence, including the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas to shadow the Allied Esports team which would include:
    • A comprehensive hands-on tour
    • Time with the broadcast unit to learn about the broadcast operations
    • Lunch or dinner with an Allied Esports executive or broadcast professional
    • Opportunity to call a game in a professional broadcast boot
    • Video reel, and/or the work streamed live through the 1,000 Dreams Fund channel on Twitch;
  • Additionally, winners will have access to additional “pop up” opportunities with partners whether live events, conferences, tournaments, project-based contract roles, internships, apprenticeships or even full-time employment.

“Our affiliation with the 1,000 Dreams Fund and BroadcastHER Academy has been one of the most rewarding opportunities we’ve had since opening the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas, and we’re excited to see the program continue to grow,” said Jud Hannigan, CEO of Allied Esports. “The curiosity, enthusiasm and talent of these female gamers has been an inspiration and we look forward to continuing to open industry doors for them in any way possible.”

“We’re impressed daily by the emerging talent in the esports industry and excited to be part of this partnership supporting future female champions—both players, and working behind the scenes,” says Wendy Lecot, head of HyperX strategic alliances. “Aspiring women in this industry today will have the opportunity to share their experiences with future broadcasters and we are proud to be a part of this initiative.”

About the 2020 BroadcastHER Academy Challenge

How it works: Applicants will enter via a photo challenge that showcases the applicants’ breadth and depth of talent, commitment, and interest in gaming/broadcasting as a career

How to apply: The Challenge will be accessible on the 1DF microsite: https://1000dreamsfund.org/broadcasther-academy-challenge-2020/ 

Who can apply: Women 18 years of age and older, who are based in the U.S.

Key dates: The BroadcastHER Academy Challenge launches on February 11, 2020 and ends on March 20th. Fellowship winners will be selected and announced over the course of the 5 week Challenge. Winners will be announced on the 1,000 Dreams Fund Blog and social media accounts (i.e., FacebookTwitter and Instagram).

Jerry Milani
Jerry Milani is a freelance writer and public relations executive living in Bloomfield, N.J. He has worked in P.R. for more than 25 years in college and conference sports media relations, two agencies and for the International Fight League, a team-based mixed martial arts league, and now is the PR manager for Wizard World, which runs pop culture and celebrity conventions across North America. Milani is also the play-by-play announcer for Caldwell University football and basketball broadcasts. He is a proud graduate of Fordham University and when not attending a Yankees, Rams or Cougars game can be reached at jerry (at) jerrymilani (dot) com.
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