Gaming Gurus: 6 Black-Owned Companies That Play Hard

June 15, 2011  |  

We don’t have to tell you that the gaming industry is anything but a plaything.  A knowledge and resource intensive sector, it takes a lot to bring a viable product to market.  The Atlanta Post has assembled six black entrepreneurs who, facing the challenge, are commanding their share of the $25 billion dollar market.  From the educational to the olfactory these companies are pushing the limits of what games can do.

Anthony Castoro

Heatwave Interactive

Anthony Castoro started his first gaming company in 1993 while studying molecular biology at the University of Texas.  That venture didn’t last, and while he went on to do award-winning work with major industry players, the desire to strike out on his own persisted.  In 2007 Castoro co-founded Heatwave Interactive with Donn McClendon. As CEO he oversees the development of a portfolio with film and music industry credentials. Samuel L. Jackson leant his voice to iSamJackson, an app capitalizing on the beauty of a few choice words. With Platinum Life members can experience the false starts and glory of fame by playing the part of their favorite recording artists.  Initially released with a hip hop and R&B catalogue, a country music version with MTV backing has recently gone live on Facebook.

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  • Terr

    The Envizions Computer Entertainment Corporation is a Black owned gaming company. They have been working on a gaming console for the last past 7 years but no one gives them credit. They launched the EVO Smart Console in 2009-2010 and this year they plan on launching the Android EVO2 Gaming System based off of the Android platform. They have been to the CES Show with their product but no credit. There have been too many negative feed backs about a black man making his own gaming console to compete with the big 3 consoles. These guys are located in Anniston, Alabama. Give these guys credit and media attention for being a Black owned gaming company like the other big 3 gaming companies. Check out these links:
    http://www.annistonstar.com/view/full_story/14620http://www.slashgear.com/envisions-evo-2-android-http://www.linuxfordevices.com/c/a/News/Envizionshttp://www.joystiq.com/2011/05/26/evo-2-console-p

  • Rios

    Anthony is of African American and Italian ancestry but he refers to himself as Black and he is.

  • Pedro

    Anthony Castoro is black and that is how he describes himself which is why he is on this story. by the way, i am Latino.

  • fred

    FYI. Anthony is half black and only claims his black side which is why he is featured here so shut up you don't know hat you're talking about.

  • Not

    He is not Black (Anthony)

    You people have no shame

    By the way, I am Black.

    Please stop claiming non Blacks as Blacks

    • Meyo

      Thank you!!!

  • love to see my ppl in that industry. Gamers Play on.