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StreamElements today announced the opening of its second Creator Diversity Program, which will provide support to a select group of streamers that are part of under-represented groups on the platform.
Creator Diversity Program (CDP) is open to adult streamers who are women, LGBTQ +, black, people with color or disability. Any streamer that falls under these parameters and also already has 1,000 followers on Twitch, YouTube or Facebook Gaming can apply, provided they stream regularly. Out of the applicants, StreamElements selects a class of 15 streamers to receive program guidance and rewards. The application deadline is October 22, with the selected streamers to be notified on November 10. The program begins on November 30 and runs until next year, October 2022.
The 2021 class will receive monthly workshops, $ 1,500 in Amazon gift cards to purchase streaming equipment, up to $ 2,500 to order channel illustrations from artists, up to $ 1,000 for services like video editing or headshots, a StreamElements Creator Success manager and VIP Discord – server, and a free webcam and microphone from Razer.
Last year, StreamElements opened its first CDP for creators, as a way to help marginalized creators move forward in a field often dominated by white male streamers. Kacie Harold, CDP Manager, said of the program: “The Creator Diversity Program was inspired by the adversity many marginalized groups face in the gaming and live streaming industry such as harassment and limited access to guidance, gear and support. By providing professional tools, services and mentorship, it helps ensure that they have a more solid foundation to move forward in a field where the cards are often stacked against them. ”
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The timing is coincidental, as Twitch has recently been criticized for its inability to protect streamers who are minorities from hate-based raids and other forms of harassment. Twitch creators even staged a protest in September in which many did not interact with Twitch for 24 hours. While CDP does not protect creators, it can go a long way toward improving their streams’ support and visibility. Not only is the CDP open to Twitch streamers, but harassment and diversity are not limited to Twitch either.
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