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|Session Name:||eSports Day: Grassroots Growth: How Game Communities Built an eSport Scene from the Ground up and Why They Still Matter|
|Company Name(s):||MIT / AnyKey|
|Track / Format:||Design|
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|Overview:||Competitive gaming communities have a long history of active engagement in making eSports viable through the creation of rule sets, gameplay innovations, aesthetic conventions, socialization processes, and third party organizations. Games are constantly worked over for eSports potential via by many stakeholders other than game developers. This engagement, a form of transformative work, challenges narrow models of authorship, ownership, governance, and growth. Amidst increasing commercialization, those interested in working within this expanding industry can benefit from understanding and integrating expert and enthusiast communities into their initiatives.|