Pedagogy and Possible Futures

The following is from a short talk I presented for the Entertainment Design Symposium at Shanghai Tech in October 2020. It was part of a panel focused on game education and I was asked to address the issue of esports in academic programs. Iā€™m a professor in the department of Comparative Media Studies at MIT…

DiGRA remarks on collegiate esports

In August 2019 I gave a keynote at DiGRA (a game studies conference) on the subject of esports and networked broadcasting. At the end, I offered the following remarks on collegiate esports. One quick additional note, after the talk I was struck by how many faculty came up to me to say they are being…

MIT x Tencent

Last weekend we were fortunate to host some visitors from Tencent China for an extended two days of gaming and conversation. You can read the full write-up over at our GameLab blog. One of the things I did during the weekend was offer some opening remarks at a panel on the positive values of esports.…

Spring wrap-up

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…

GDC 2017

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…