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A pre-study on spectatorship in eSports
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. (Media, Technology and Culture (MTEC))
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. (Media, Technology and Culture (MTEC))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9578-7410
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. (Media, Technology and Culture (MTEC))
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A pre-study of spectators' perspectives on eSports was conducted in collaboration with two Swedish game development companies. The main goal was to identify factors that contribute to qualitative spectator experiences and how they can influence game design. A qualitative approach was chosen to explore spectators' perspectives on eSports through observations and focus-group interviews of 28 participants in total. Results indicate that spectatorship is a complex issue that goes beyond the mere watching of a game. We identified four themes that are important for qualitative spectator experiences: the need for an overview of game events; highlighting and exposing hidden objects and events; viewer- and commentator-friendly game pacing; the importance of professional commentators and casters. Based on the results, we present design guidelines and recommendations for the development of games in eSports.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keywords [en]
eSports, spectatorship, spectator experience, user experience design, game design
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Media Studies Human Aspects of ICT Human Computer Interaction Media and Communication Technology
Research subject
Media, Technology and Culture (MTEC)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-14068OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-14068DiVA, id: diva2:1137886
Conference
Spectating Play 13th Annual Game Research Lab Spring Seminar, Tampere, Finland, April 24-25, 2017
Note

This research was funded by Västra Götalands-regionen (VGR), Sweden, and the University of Skövde, Sweden.

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