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!
As I expected, Twitch Plays Pokemon (Joystiq article in which I’m quoted) kicked off a real wave of interest from mainstream media outlets about game live-streaming. I was recently interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation about why people watch these channels. I think they did a good job covering the basics of live-streaming viewership so check it out!
MIT Press, the publisher of both my EverQuest and e-sports book, has just launched a new service – BITS – where you can get a single chapter, electronic and DRM free, of many of their titles for $2.99-$4.99. My chapter on computer games as sport has been selected for the program (@ $2.99!) and if you buy it during their big promo period right now it also comes with a 40% discount on the entire book (purchased through them). So, perhaps not such a bad deal all around!
I love podcasts and so admire the folks who do the Social Clarity one – Randy Farmer, Scott Moore, and Marc Smith. They are all pioneers in understanding virtual worlds and communities online. Needless to say, I was really excited when they invited me on to talk about live-streaming and e-sports. You can listen to the episode online, which also includes a cool interview with Jeffrey “Trumpsc” Shih, a popular streamer. Hope you enjoy!