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Oct
27

SIEGE Game Dev & Esports College Fair

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This year's College Fair returns Thursday, November 3rd to the Kennesaw State University Conference Center, 3333 Busbee Drive Kennesaw, Georgia 30144. More information coming soon! Past Colleges, Universities and Exhibitors Past exhibitors have included Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State University, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), SMU's Gu...
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Oct
27

Sponsor Spotlight: Google for Startups

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Jakita Thomas founded Pharaoh's Conclave to bridge the gap between black and brown representation within the professional video game industry. But she soon realized that working with children is like raising them: it takes a village. In the latest installment of our animated women founder films, the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund recipient...
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Oct
27

HOW IMPORTANT IS SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE TO ESPORTS TEAMS?

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Over the last decade or so, eSports has grown into a massive industry worth over $1 billion. By the end of 2022, a TechJury report on international eSports growth estimates that this industry value will rise to almost $2 billion. That said, despite its impressive boost, eSports remains a mostly online experience. Naturally, this means that eSports ...
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Oct
27

Gamers READ .5K Walk/Run/Sprint

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Gamers Read .5k (500 m) Walk/Run/Sprint aimed to bring the gaming, cosplay, anime, and running communities and their families together to advocate for literacy, especially among youth in grades K-5. This event also celebrated National Video Games Day. Literacy is a critical skill for success in society, and esports careers such as game design &...
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Oct
27

2022 Youth Esports League: National Conference & Championship

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Overview: YEL National Championship & Conference Youth eSports League National Championships & Conference was a free 2-day esports conference that exposed the entry points to esports careers. It featured team and individual tournament play, hands-on workshops and panels with esports and video gaming professionals, an expo the DoorDash Game ...
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Aug
31

How Important is Social Media Presence to eSports Teams?

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Over the last decade or so, eSports has grown into a massive industry worth over $1 billion. By the end of 2022, a TechJury report on international eSports growth estimates that this industry value will rise to almost $2 billion. That said, despite its impressive boost, eSports remains a mostly online experience. Naturally, this means that eSports has tapped into social media, too. An immensely powerful medium that can launch careers and cement organizations, social media is an essential asset, especially for eSports teams. Here's why:

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Jan
19

Pharaoh's Conclave 2021 Year In Review

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by Erich and Jakita Thomas

This past year has been quite a year. Continuing to power through a global pandemic has only empowered us to keep pushing through in the face of adversity. 2021 has also been a year of growth and success for Pharaoh's Conclave. We had some really awesome wins in 2021, and we are thrilled to see what 2022 will bring! Learn more about some of our wins from 2021, our goals for 2022, and how you can help! 

Wishing you good times, good cheer and a memorable new year.

All of us at PCX want to thank you for your business, guidance, and support this past year. We made a lot of strides and impacted a lot of lives through eSports and gaming! Here are some of our big wins from 2021.

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Oct
30

2021 FELLOW FOCUS: JAKITA O. THOMAS + PHARAOH'S CONCLAVE

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What propelled you into the entrepreneurial space? And what do you enjoy most about being a founder?

The ability to impact youth and help them marry their passion and purpose to careers is what propelled me into the entrepreneurial space. I love being able to directly impact young people, and I love seeing where that impact takes them in terms of the amazing things they accomplish in their careers and their lives.

Tell me about an experience you had as an entrepreneur or in starting your company that exemplified one of Camelback's core values: "Belief in Mission + Vision"; "Unafraid of Failure"; "Constant Learner"; "Humble + Hungry"; and "Give First."

[Constant Learner] When COVID first appeared in the U.S. in late January/early February of 2020, we anticipated that it might last well past the summer of 2020. We envisioned what a 100% virtual summer camp experience might look like. We had no idea if it would actually work or if we'd fall on our faces, but spent a weekend assessing what that pivot might look like and even put up an MVP website to see if anyone would be interested in signing up. The following Monday, we got our first call from an executive director telling us that all of their face-to-face summer programming had been cancelled and asking if we had any 100% virtual offerings.

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Aug
19

How Dr. Jakita Thomas Is Reframing Esports Education For Underserved Communities

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Combining both her academic passions and her gaming background, Dr. Jakita Thomas is working to transform the future of esports.

Pharaoh's Conclave, a non-profit she started with her husband Erich, has set a goal of placing 500 Black and Brown youth in esports career opportunities over the next two years through a combination of "online skills-building platform, league, and our apprenticeship program," Thomas tells Hypepotamus."

To help reach that goal, Pharoah's Conclave was recently named as a recipient of Google for Startups Black Founder Fund.

As Pharoah's Conclave grows, Thomas answered our questions about the organization's origin and how building a more diverse esports workforce can help move the industry forward.

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Jul
08

Youth Esports League National Championship & Conference

Youth Esports League National Championship & Conference
PCX GO! was excited to present the Youth Esports League National Championship & Conference. This 2-day conference prepared youth for esports careers in the eSports and gaming industries by exposing the entry points to esports careers, introducing K-12 youth, their families, educators, and youth workers to the esports industry, and showcasing th...
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Jul
08

GAMeFi Podcast

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If you haven't yet, be sure to check out our new podcast, GAMeFi! The podcast where we talk all things gaming, art, music, esports, and film with the Black and Brown folks creating and innovating. Jerry Lawson Black History Round Table: Karen Lawson and Anderson Lawson. Dr Jakita Thomas and Erich Thomas of Pharaohs Conclave reminisce about how gami...
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Jul
08

Sponsor Spotlight: Black Collegiate Gaming Association

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The Black Collegiate Gaming Association's purpose is to pivot black and women of color college students into the overall gaming industry, not only as consumers, but as contributors. They strive to build-up students that will be prepared to interview and become a part of the gaming industry both on the competitive and corporate level. They will aide...
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May
14

GAMeFi Podcast

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We're so excited to announce the launch of our podcast, GAMeFi! The podcast where we talk all things gaming, art, music, esports, and film with the Black and Brown folks creating and innovating. You can watch our first podcast below and be sure to stay tuned!
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Apr
07

Morris Brown College Wall Breaking Ceremony

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"Dr. Kevin James, president of Morris Brown College and video game company Pharaoh's Conclave, announced the Ronald Floyd Thomas Center for eSports and Innovation center during a "wall breaking" ceremony Tuesday. Both James and Pharaoh's Conclave owners, Erich and Jakita Thomas smashed a sledgehammer into the future center's wall to officially begi...
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Apr
01

102.6 The Situation Morning Show

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"We were so excited to be on 102.6 The Situation's Morning Show at Morris Brown College! It was an awesome experience to get to sit down and talk about our journey through gaming and how we have been working to pioneer esports education and prepare youth for esports careers. Take a minute to tune in and listen to learn all the exciting things PCX i...
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Mar
25

DoorDash Game Design Challenge

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The DoorDash Game Design Challenge is an opportunity for individuals to design a mobile game about some aspect of food (e.g., delivery, sustainability, nutrition, etc.). Now is your chance to win your share of $35,000.00 in scholarships and prizes. In addition to scholarships and prizes, winners in each division (Mini, Junior, Youth, and Minority S...
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Dec
10

Gamers Read Virtual .5K (500m) Walk/Run/Sprint

Gamers Read Virtual .5K (500m) Walk/Run/Sprint
Gamers Read Virtual .5k (500 m) Walk/Run/Sprint aimed to bring the gaming, cosplay, anime, and running communities and their families together to advocate for literacy, especially among youth in grades K-5. Literacy is a critical skill for success in society, and eSports careers such as game design & development, comic book creation, shoutcasti...
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Dec
10

Google Gives $2.35 Million To Black-Owned Tech Companies In Atlanta

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A total of 35 companies from the Georgia city were selected as recipients of the funds for their small businesses.  "Google is reportedly investing millions of dollars in Atlanta Black-owned businesses. ​ The tech giant has pledged to invest $2.35 million in tech startups in the city as part of its Black Founders ​ According to a press release...
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Dec
10

Pharaoh’s Conclave announced as Google for Startups Black Founders Fund recipient

Pharaoh’s Conclave announced as Google for Startups Black Founders Fund recipient
Pharaoh's Conclave received $100K from Google for Startups Black Founders Fund  "The summer was marked by the collision of the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest over racial injustice, prompting the creation of the $5 million Google for Startups Black Founders Fund . The tech giant has now announced the startup Black businesses that will be th...
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Dec
10

Tech Founders Donate $160K to Morris Brown for eSports

Tech Founders Donate $160K to Morris Brown for eSports
"It is imperative that we continue the work of creating opportunities that will allow our children to thrive in the generations to come," said PCX Co-Founder Erich Thomas. "Atlanta – Pharaoh's Conclave (PCX), Georgia's leading organization for diversity and inclusion in competitive video gaming, and the Thomas Family Fund are proud to announce a co...
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