Diversity Program Receives StreamElements Award

Today, StreamElements announced the twenty streamers it has selected for its 2021 Creator Diversity Program (CDP). These streamers will get several items, mentorship, and assistance to help them improve their content-creation abilities.

The CDP’s aim is to assist streamers from underrepresented groups, including, but not limited to, black people, persons of color (PoC), women, LGBTQ+, and individuals with disabilities. This year’s intake saw over 3,000 applications, which is around six times the number received last year.

StreamElements’ Kacie Harold declared, “With an abundance of talent to choose from, the 20 creators we selected represent a lot of amazing and diverse voices that are essential to this industry, so we look forward to being part of their journey …. Based on the volume of applicants and the moving stories they shared, it is clear programs like this serve a need.”

The following are the twenty CDP awardees in 2021:

According to StreamElements, it evaluated the applicants on various criteria, including “insights they supplied regarding why they were applying, the sort of content they create, and channel data reflecting a commitment to livestreaming and potential for growth.”

Every participant will get a budget for items like video cameras, graphics for channels, and expert services. They’ll also get new Razer webcams and microphones, as well as professional coaching from a StreamElements Creator Success manager dedicated to the program. There will be several workshops and sessions led by industry experts throughout the duration of the program.

Why is it necessary to have a diversity program?

Several of the chosen personalities, who were ecstatic to have access to the CDP’s resources.

Twitch celebrity LittlePoohBearr said, “A lot of my energy is focused on creating an engaging and inclusive community through the games I play, so my production value hasn’t been given the love it deserves. With the resources and guidance that StreamElements will provide, I’m super excited to work with artists and the team to bring my visions to life.”

ItsGapped, a Twitch streamer, stated that they wanted to bring more attention to underrepresented creators on the platform: “This program allows me, a queer black man, to bring forth more representation of a demographic that’s not shown enough in the media. This program is made to bring to light minority communities in a streaming/content creation space. I’ve been streaming for 1 and a half years and I’ve noticed that the platforms are usually dominated by the same people who look nothing like me. It’s important to have representation in all fields because people need to see something they can relate to.”

Several of the creators told me that technical difficulties were their most pressing issue when they began. DisabledgamR, a Facebook-based streamer, said, “Streaming as a whole is such a new and young type of media that really bloomed during the pandemic. A lot of people like myself decided to just turn the camera on one day and see what happens. I think this program will serve to help bridge that gap between dream and reality. Starting a stream is easy. Maintaining it and growing it is where the challenge is.”

Others cited concerns such as Twitch’s issues with hate raids, which have been a barrier to growth. These hate campaigns frequently target underprivileged creators, and many content providers have condemned Twitch for its lack of action in these situations.

Queerlybee, a Twitch broadcaster, highlighted the importance of initiatives like the CDP in response to these events: “Our space is supposed to be an escape, a space for joy and celebration of our identities and it was consistently under fire. We have come together and really learned to support each other in keeping our communities safe but it was and still is tough to exist on the platform as an openly marginalized creator, which is a huge part of why it’s important for there to be programs like this one.”

Many other Twitch streamers, such as AlinaInverse, agreed: “It’s incredibly important for minorities to get more recognition, so this program even existing in that regard is fantastic. We work incredibly hard out here, there are tons of minorities who get swept under the rug and go unnoticed. Not everyone can support their dreams on this journey as well, so having people believe in you and want to help guide and support you is so heartwarming.”