Microsoft Outlines Xbox’s Black History Month Plans

Microsoft is celebrating Black History Month this year with several Black Creators showcases. The month-long celebration offers donation incentives, educational programs, and more.

Microsoft sheds light on various games and media curated by Black Communities at Microsoft that focus on black characters and experiences. A game collection in the Microsoft Store offers games like The Sims 4 and Apex Legends as well as outstanding indies like Afterparty and Dandara.

The Microsoft Store also has a collection of movies and television programming, including Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Black Panther. According to Microsoft, starting March 1st, users will be able to search their stores for tips from members of the Black Community.

All State of Decay 2 players will receive a free in-game t-shirt designed by artist Ty Ferrell and inspired by the NAACP We Are Done Dying campaign. A physical version of the shirt will be available from the Xbox Gear Shop between Monday February 8th and Monday March 1st. Halo: Master Chief Collection players will receive a free Black History Month nameplate that they can use to log in in February. Microsoft will offer Minecraft four lessons: Education Edition, which will cover topics such as the American Civil Rights Movements and Black Lives Matter.

Players can donate their Microsoft Rewards points to a variety of charities including Black Girls Code and NAACP during the month with Microsoft making appropriate donations.

The Xbox Twitch channel will broadcast content related to Black History Month throughout February, including spotlights on Black Streamers and Developers. Microsoft will also collect and highlight a selection of stories from black and African ambassadors on its blog.

Finally, this month the Xbox Community Game Club is introducing games from black and African developers, as well as games with black and African voice actors. Microsoft encourages players to use the group to discuss the games and the importance of representation while playing.

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