I was excited to get a chance to be on Brett Hutchin‘s SportsMedia Podcast Series recently where I spoke about esports, streaming, and AnyKey. Brett is a fantastic media and sports scholar so being able to talk to him in depth about these subjects was an amazing opportunity!
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!
It’s been a busy semester since we announced the launch of AnyKey!
We’ve released a number of whitepapers on subjects such as community management and moderation, patterns of participation at esports events, and major critical issues. Learning how to produce short overview pieces like this has been a whole new challenge and I’m looking forward to getting better and better at it. Now if I could just amp up my design skills to make them look stylish!
We’ve also held several live-streamed broadcasts introducing the work of the organization and on the theme of “competition for all.” It’s been really great to get these conversations out in more popular venues. It’s been cool to see these events also get picked up on and then spun out into pieces at various websites as well.
There are big challenges facing the esports industry when it comes to issues of inclusion and diversity but I’m encouraged by the growing attention and, most importantly, initiatives to make change. Here’s hoping that trend only continues!
I’m so excited to be a part of a AnyKey, a new partnership between ESL and Intel to support and grow inclusivity in e-sports.
This initiative has been in the works for a few months now and while we just announced, we’ve already been at work bringing in industry stakeholders as well as undertaking research at live events. We’re also helping support the women’s tournament at the Intel Challenge CSGO tournament, including sponsoring an AnyKey lounge there.
Those of you who already know my work on e-sports (for example, my book Raising The Stakes or a paper about DreamHack I wrote with the terrific Emma Witkowski) know that I’ve been thinking about the gender & diversity angle to the scene for awhile. It’s pretty cool to now to get partner up with amazing folks like Morgan Romine (founder of the FragDolls), Michal “Carmac” Blicharz (ESL), Jesse Sell (ESL), and Lee Machen (Intel) to see how to move the conversation and scene forward with a combo of research and action.