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Esports Day: Coaching Good Sportsmanship in Esports: Teaching Players Better Ways to Compete Together

Morgan Romine  (Director of Initiatives, AnyKey)

Location: Room 3002, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 18

Time: 3:50 pm - 4:20 pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits - Get your pass now!

Topic: Business & Marketing, Design

Format: Tutorial

Tutorials: Esports Day

Vault Recording: Video

The booming expansion of esports as an industry has outpaced many of the player practices and grassroots community structures that originally defined the competitive cultural space. Building a more sustainable, diverse, and inclusive esports ecosystem will require an evolution in the way players compete and spectate together. In this talk, Morgan Romine will discuss how sportsmanship philosophies and the tools of traditional sports coaching can be applied to esports to help mediate social problems like toxicity, exclusion, team failure, and player burn-out.


Morgan will outline several ways that developers, tournament organizers, team managers, and community leaders can coach good sportsmanship in their player communities.

Intended Audience

Game designers, tournament organizers, team managers, and community leaders.