The gaming world may be very white, but that doesn’t mean that African-American developers and publishers aren’t breaking into the industry creating culturally competent content for people of color.
One of those visionaries is CJ Peters, head of Konsole Kingz LCC, the lifestyle company that specializes in urban app games. His newest addition is Black Spades, which will be available August 23 on certain iOS devices (iPhone 5 and higher/iPad 3.0 and higher) and Android devices.
In a recent interview, Peters told Rolling Out that the inspiration for Black Spades came after the acquisition of Kandi Koated Spades game five years ago. After that game’s popularity declined, he saw that the demand was still there.
“I noticed a year later, I started getting emails from people trying to still play the game. I had to go back and go into my Apple iTunes and I realized people were still downloading the game. Because there’s really no other polished game for iPhone to play Spades from the Black perspective,” Peters said.
According to Peters, their Black Spades game is different than anything else on the virtual market.
“In this game, it’s more detailed…Black Spades, the first release is a single player experience, it’s a true single player game. It has all the rules that we had in the other game and more,” Peters said.
Peters, who has worked in the tech world for nearly a decade, also talked about how the tech world is slowly diversifying and what can help fix that problem.
“From my viewpoint, it’s been a slow rise for Black media covering tech and gaming. Then it’s been a slow rise for Black people in tech building stuff. I think the real future is coding and a language that everyone needs to know. You need to know some sort of language to relate to people who are building stuff. It does start with more education for the young people coming up,” he said.
“[But] getting a job is great, yes building an app is great, but we have to own what we build,” Peters continued. “We need to go get those skills, polish them up, and get with other people and collaborate to put something out that is owned by Black people. I’m a publisher and there are not many Black mobile game publishers.”