Whew. I feel like the last half of spring was quite a sprint! Only now coming up for air enough to post a little update.
Several terrific events happened post GDC that I’ll mention:
AnyKey went to PAX East again where we got to spend a great weekend in the diversity lounge hanging out with lots of other amazing orgs doing important work to make gaming better for all.
I was also thrilled to finally get a chance to attend (and keynote) QGCon. It was an inspiring event filled with lots of great talks, demos, and fantastic people :) I got a chance to share some of my work on live streaming and got a ton of helpful feedback.
My final speaking engagement of the semester was for UC Irvine’s inaugural esports symposium. I spoke about women and esports, including some of the work we’ve been doing at AnyKey. Take a watch if you’d like to learn more!
Finally, I was honored to be inducted as a fellow for the Higher Education Video Game Alliance in March. It’s a treat to be included in such an amazing group of scholars.
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.
GDC microtalk, “5 Myths in 5 minutes”
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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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.
You can check the post out over at the AnyKey site.