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Thursday, October 10 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Keynote: Diversity and Esports: Video Game Culture, Collegiate Play, and Live Streaming (Bo Ruberg)

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Esports and related topics like video game live streaming are important and exciting areas of practice and research today. However, esports still faces a number of considerable challenges in the realm of diversity and inclusion. This talk will address current problems and possible ways forward with a focus on three areas: "toxic" video game culture and its impact on esports, questions of diversity in collegiate esports, and how diversity issues play out in video game live streaming. The talk will build from the considerable body of existing scholarship on esports, providing an overview of work in this area. It will also draw from Dr. Ruberg's experience working with the Esports Arena at UCI, as well as their role as the PI for the Inclusive Streaming Initiative, an ongoing research group that addresses issues of harassment and inclusion in video game live streaming.


Bo Ruberg

Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Games, University of California, Irvine

Thursday October 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Crystal Cove