The Kickback


October 26, 2022 12:00 AM
October 28, 2022 12:00 AM

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Esports is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and the industry is expected to triple by 2027. 20% of the 240,000 U.S. esports/gaming workforce identifies as Black while 83% of Black teens play video games. While the percentage of minority gamers is exceptionally high, there's minimal representation in the industry resulting in only about 14% of video games made by Black and Hispanic creators.

Cxmmunity's mission is to increase the participation of minorities within the esports and gaming industries, and we partner with companies like "Riot Games" to present events like this to our communities...

In preparation for the 2022 League of Legends WORLDS Semifinal in Atlanta this Fall, Cxmmunity is hosting "The Kickback" - an entertainment, media, and educational platform with digital and live events that will drive lasting change across the HBCU and collegiate gaming community.

"The Kickback" will feature gamers, celebrities, music artists, and technology that have been instrumental to cultivating the next wave of esports.

Students will get to hear from pioneers in the industry, and gain exposure to careers that are shaping gaming culture and the competitive global sport of a new generation.

This opportunity is geared towards students ranging between 13-25 years old (8th grade to post-secondary students) years old, but the more the merrier! We know the earlier a student understands this industry and the pipelines of success, the better.

Please REGISTER TODAY to secure your spot.

For those that are registering outside of the "Collegiate"/"High School" Student population, please register under "General Admission" and give specific details on the next page.

KickX Panels

Thursday October 27th, 2022


Panel Topics

  • The Business of Gaming
  • Future of the Internet
  • Women in Esports
  • The Culture of Gaming
  • Fireside Chat: Cxmmunity & Riot Games

12pm-1pm Networking, Resume Review, and Interview Prep with Riot Games Staff

The purpose behind the Kickx panels is to expose students and institutional leaders to hear about the creative ways that the esports and video game industry is growing.

Throughout the experience there will be opportunities for students and institutional leaders to network and connect with industry professionals and further connect their passions for gaming with academic and professional opportunities.

Please bring a paper copy of your resume, cover letter, and portfolio for review!


Thursday October 27th, 2022

1pm-6pm League of Legends & Valorant Collegiate Tournaments

Based on the 100 year old tradition of HBCU football classics, The Riot Kickback Kup will be a Riot Games sponsored match up between rival HBCUs.

Players will be recruited from current student esports clubs at each school, while non-players will work behind the scenes in production and logistics. The tournament will also feature guest appearances from celebrities and pro-gamers.

The Kickback Concert

Thursday October 27th, 2022


Famous comedians and music artists performing top acts and songs.


Riot Student BTS (Behind The Scenes) of "WORLDS 2022" Opportunity:

Friday October 28th, 2022


40 Students will be selected from all applicants

This opportunity is open to Collegiate Students Interested in:

- Videography

- Content Creation

- Photography

- Media/Marketing Related Fields

HBCU students will hear from and network with Rioters on various opportunities across the video game and esports landscape.

Technology Internships applications will close on October 31st.

Creative and Graduate level positions close in January. Here's the link also to include for their review:

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