I just got back from a pretty full week in SF for GDC. The trip kicked off with a visit to Twitch (see prior post) and then two talks at the conference itself. I spoke on Tuesday about the history of communities in building the esports scene and then gave a microtalk in the advocacy track focusing on our AnyKey work. Hopefully both will make their way to the GDC Vault (and not paywalled) and I’ll link the videos here when/if they do. In the meantime though I wanted to put up a pdf of the slides from the microtalk mostly because I want to make sure to shout-out all the fantastic folks and projects I mentioned in it.
It’s no small thing when the platform you’ve been studying for quite a few years invites you in to give a talk and leaves it pretty open as to what you speak about. The invite said “We like to hear about how successful individuals got to where they are today and what they’re up to now” – gulp! Needless to say, I spent quite a bit of time mulling over what I might share that wouldn’t be old news to them ;) I ended up trying to pull on a few threads from several of my major game research projects. I really enjoyed the visit and the great conversation. Here’s a VOD of if you are interested! Thanks again for the invite Lauren Forbes and Twitch!
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It was exciting to get to attend TwitchCon again this year and I wrote up some reflections on our AnyKey initiative there this year and what esports can learn from variety streaming.
Having lived in Sweden for many, many years I’m always thrilled when I get a chance to go back to my second home :) This summer I not only got to go to DreamHack again (my 4th time!) but started off that trip with a stop in Stockholm to give a lecture. I was fortunate to be a part of Technical Museum‘s day on “Digital Games and Business: Play, Community, and Business” where I spoke on live-streaming. I presented some my research and thinking not just about the work of live-streaming, but how we might understand that activity as a form of transformative work that disrupts more traditional IP models. Hope you enjoy!