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Kowloon Nights launches $2m fund for projects by Black creators

Fairchild Initiative aims to empower Black-owned and led studios worldwide

Kowloon Nights has unveiled a new $2 million fund to support projects made by Black creators, called the Fairchild Initiative.

"Kowloon Nights was founded on the idea of empowering creators to create memorable games and stories, and the Fairchild Initiative carries the same ethos," said Kendall Deacon Davis, advisor with Kowloon Nights and head of the initiative.

"I am proud to lead this initiative with a focus on empathy, infrastructure, and mentorship-supporting black-owned studios on their path to success."

Applications are open to any studio worldwide working on a PC or console game that is majority-owned by Black creators, with investment size determined by the needs of the project or studio and no set restrictions.

All projects will be considered under the same criteria as other Kowloon Nights projects, as well as given the same terms and same level of support.

The Fairchild Initiative is named for the Fairchild Channel F -- the first programmable ROM cartridge-based console. The name is in honor of Jerry Lawson, who led engineering for the project and is ultimately credited as the creator of the first video game cartridge due to his design of the cartridges for the console.

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