Call for Proposals

Esports Research Conference (ESC): Call for Proposals

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

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

Download ESC 2019 Submission Template

Submissions are due online by July 5, 2019 June 21, 2019. All proposals will be peer-reviewed by the academic community. All papers presented at the conference will be featured in the ESC Proceedings, to be published by ETC Press.

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