Paris, France July 9, 2016
Why I No Longer Identify as a Games Journalist
Xalavier Nelson Jr. started writing and speaking about video games at the age of twelve, working with companies from Electronic Arts to Microsoft as a journalist in the enthusiast press. Now, six years later, Xalavier is eighteen years-old, burnt out, and considering leaving game coverage behind entirely.
Content creators across this segment of the video game industry face harassment and exploitative hiring practices among other injustices in an effort to impact the medium they love. These issues are only compounded when you are a member of a marginalized group. Join Xalavier as he discusses why he's considering leaving the field, and how gaming culture intentionally or unintentionally destroys those it needs most.