I was fortunate to get to be a part of the first dedicated summit on e-sports at GDC this year. It’s been a long time coming in my opinion and big kudos to Lil Chen, Patrick Miller, Frank Lantz, and Rod Breslau for organizing it.
As many of us who’ve been researching/working in/following the e-sports scene for years now know, the issues around gender there are complex and often quite fraught. Intel made a big announcement several months back that they were going to supporting serious initiatives on diversity in a variety of domains.
I was thrilled to be a part of it, along with a fantastic group of women, and men, working in the space. You can check out a VOD of the panel now. Here’s hoping it is just the kick-off to a rich program that seriously tackles issues around diversity and inclusion.
As I’ve long argued, women make up a tremendously energetic part of gaming. This includes e-sports. There is much to still be done to foster and support their continued participation in the scene. Here’s hoping this is a year where change really gets some momentum!
Update! You can now watch the VOD of the panel.
Great stuff from some talented folks – definitely check it out!
I’m thrilled to finally announce we are hosting an event about live-streaming here at MIT. It will be held the night before PAX East starts. It’s a great opportunity to come and learn about the state of the scene from some of the best folks working in it.
Thursday, March 5 from 6p-8p here at MIT, room 32-155.
The event is free and open to the public.
Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
It was great to get a chance to talk to Philippa Warr about some of what’s been brewing in e-sports and live-streaming since the publication of my book. The title may be right up there with the MIT mag calling me a “big game hunter” ;)
I’m super excited to announce that the live-streaming book I’ve been working on will be published with Princeton University Press as a part of their Studies in Culture and Technology Series (whose editors are the fab Tom Boellstorff and Bill Maurer). (Ms hand-in date is Feb 2015.)
I’m particularly excited that the press agreed to offer a free Creative Commons pdf version of the book available upon its release (along with a normal print edition). PUP is home for my co-authored methods book and it was a great experience working on that with them so am looking forward to this next venture!