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"From Digital Play to Digital Labour: The Lives and Careers of Professional Video Gamers"

SCHOOL OF LABOUR STUDIES VISITING SPEAKER

"From Digital Play to Digital Labour: The Lives and Careers of Professional Video Gamers" Dr. Mark Johnson, Killam Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, University of Alberta Thursday, November 1st, 2:30-4pm, L.R. Wilson Building, Room 1056

Oct 12, 2018

In 2017 approximately one hundred and fifty million people watched the live broadcast of other people playing video games on Twitch.tv, the dominant market-leader in the area. This figure outshines almost any traditional television channel. The material ranges from 'Esports' competitions - professoinalised competitive gaming with prize money potentially in the seven figures watched by millions, to individuals broadcasting to some friends they know in the offline world and everything in-between.

Mark has interviewed over one hundred professional gamers; observed hundreds of hours of online ethnographics and ethnographies of almost a dozen major gaming events in the USA, UK, Germany and Poland in the past two years.