The AfroGames Arena in Cantagalo hosted, this Wednesday (31), the long-awaited AFG Cup Final, promoted and carried out by AfroReggae. The event was surprising due to its large audience, as well as the quality of its production and cutting-edge structure.
The initiative highlights the urgency of including young people from favelas, peripheral areas and stigmatized groups in the world of electronic games. This inclusion, in addition to being a social need, is vital for the development of the sector, as evidenced by research that highlights the importance of diversity for economic development.
The event was attended by William dos Prazeres, better known as Blackwill, renowned games and esports presenter, an inspiring figure for many young black people. The grand final of the AFG Cup was also attended by Bryan Sant, an influencer with more than 2 million followers on TikTok and more than 900 thousand on Instagram, resident of Cidade de Deus, known for sharing his routine as a motorcycle courier in a funny and unusual.
AfroGames participants undergo a year of preparation in games with accessible titles, programming, game design and an English course, preparing them for the professional market.
The Free Fire, EA Sports FC and Valorant finals were intense moments, interspersed with prizes, quizzes and showmatches, which provided a complete experience for spectators who followed the entire show through Twitch, like the more than 500 people who were present at the Arena during the seven o’clock event. Vigário Geral became champion in Free Fire, while Complexo da Maré triumphed in Valorant and EA Sports FC (Fifa).
“The AFG Cup showed that no one should doubt the dream of a young person from the favela.” highlighted Carlos Azevedo, Coordinator of AfroReggae.
Danilo Costa, Executive Director of AfroReggae, highlights: “The objective of the AFG Cup is to give visibility to all these talented young black people, residents of favelas and peripheral areas, connecting people in a healthy competition rich in opportunities.”
The partnership between AfroGames and IHS Tower, a leader in telecommunications infrastructure, is a significant step in the search for opportunities and accessibility. The project is developed in counterpart to Antenar, which aims to bring high-speed internet to densely populated areas, connecting communities and breaking down barriers to accessing information.
The initiative is also supported by DT3, a leader in gaming chairs, and Ambev, companies that maintain a solid relationship with the AfroReggae Cultural Group, reinforcing their commitment to promoting the event.
Strategically located in Cantagalo, the heart of the South Zone of Rio, the AfroGames Arena stands out as an inclusive and community space. Recently reformed by the Government of the State of Rio de Janeiro, it has established itself as an integral part of socio-community and government initiatives.
The AFG Cup is also part of the celebrations of 31 years of extensive social activity that AfroReggae completed on January 21st. Maintaining its mission of promoting connections and opportunities that increase diversity in the most varied sectors of society, holding the AFG Cup Final represents a milestone in the recognition of esports as a promising alternative in the development of young people.