CREATOR ECONOMY NEWSLETTER


Gaming is often a hostile environment for women and people of color. However, while gaming remains predominantly white and male, a recent study from NewZoo shows there is demand for more diversity in the industry and for companies to commit to curbing hate toward minority gamers. There is still progress to be made, but many creators are pushing for a more inclusive landscape by creating safe spaces for their fellow marginalized gamers. Austreah Garnes, known as Ms. Pinky online, is one of these creators. She has found success in gaming and wants to use her platform to uplift other Black female gamers. Passionfruit contributor Marquis Taylor interviewed Garnes about chasing partnerships, the importance of representation in video games, and finding community.


NOW LOADING…

Streamer Ms. Pinky is paving the way for more Black women in gaming

“We’re all about winning, and that’s what makes us a sisterhood.”

By Marquis Taylor, Passionfruit Contributor


THE DARK SIDE

How accusations around a major NFT release sank it—and raised questions about an alleged NFT ‘ring’

“NFT Twitter is a foul place.”

By Grace Stanley, Passionfruit Reporter


TIPS & TRICKS

From ‘Love Island’ to politics, Sharon Gaffka shares the lessons she’s learned as a reality TV star, influencer, and advocate

“With certain content, you have to work harder to shake off the reality TV label and the stigma that can come with being on such programs.”

By Grace Stanley, Passionfruit Reporter


IN THE BIZ

  • A former OpenSea employee has been charged with insider trading after he allegedly bought NFTs before they were featured on the marketplace’s homepage and sold them for two to five times more than the initial price.
  • TikTok launched an avatar feature that can be used in videos.
  • YouTube rolled out a new feature that allows users to better control and engage with videos watched on a TV. Viewers can now connect their phones to their televisions in order to more easily read video descriptions, leave comments, and more.

TIKTOK MADE ME DO IT

I’m curious about this horror novel set in a furniture store—and designed like an IKEA catalog!