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Phill Alexander (Assistant Professor of Games, Miami University)
Amanda Cullen (Doctoral Student in Informatics, UC Irvine)
Matt Knutson (Doctoral Candidate, UC Irvine)
Location: Room 3002, West Hall
Date: Monday, March 18
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits - Get your pass now!
Topic: Design, Business & Marketing
Tutorials: Esports Day
Vault Recording: Video
This joint session presented by Phill Alexander (Miami University), Amanda Cullen (Ph. D. student, UCI Informatics), and Matt Knutson (Ph. D. candidate, Visual Studies) will consist of two 30-minute talks about building more diverse and inclusive esports communities.
Phill Alexander will bring attendees up to speed on what is actually happening, fighting through the (no pun intended) white noise that is created by lore and anecdotal evidence to deliver a clear sense of what techniques are working right now to increase inclusion, and offer of a plan of action that can be embraced by esports community builders and players.
Amanda Cullen and Matt Knutson will share the UC Irvine Esports Arena staff's work collaborating with campus academics to examine esports scholarship players’ code of conduct and contract language in order to develop policies that promote inclusion and protections from harassment, especially identity-based harassment.
Attendees will learn about the current state of diversity and inclusion work in esports, and dive deep into the work of creating a code of conduct designed to improve community participation and bring more people to the table around esports broadcasts.
People who have an interest in building esports communities with inclusive participation, including college and high school esports programs, event organizers, and games industry professionals.