CfP: ESC 2019

The University of California-Irvine is excited to announce that the 2nd annual Esports Research Conference (ESC) will be held October 10-11, 2019 on the UCI campus.

ESC is the premier academic research conference in the field of esports. Building on our success last year, ESC aims to foster substantive discussion about competitive videogame play, bringing together leading thinkers across academics as well as industry. Each year, we foster in-depth conversation and social networking across diverse disciplines including informatics, computer science, game studies, sports science, communication arts, behavioral sciences, business, and law.

Conference highlights include: keynotes by leaders in both academics and industry, interactive workshops on research and program design, individual and symposia presentations, big debates about critical aspects of esports, a massively multiplayer evening poster session over hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, fireside chats that enable cozy conversations among VIP speakers and attendees, and the finest fiercest friendly competition among collegiate esports teams in our evening esports invitational event.

We invite proposals on topics across all fields related to esports, including but not limited to:

  • Identity and inclusion in esports
  • Esports history and the development of esports as a cultural practice
  • Cultures of competitive play
  • Learning practices among competitive players
  • Quantitative analyses, statistical studies, and data collection of competitive play
  • Questions of capital and sponsorship in and around esports
  • Cognitive studies in esports
Submission details will soon be available at the new conference website (https://esc2019.uciesc.org/call-for-proposals).
You can also join the conference listserv (https://maillists.uci.edu/mailman/listinfo/uci-esportsresearch) for future updates and announcements.

Please save the date and watch for updates on submission deadlines. Questions regarding the conference can be directed to contact@uciesc.org.

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