Playing with(out) Power: Negotiated conventions of high performance networked play practices

Witkowski, E and Manning, J 2017, 'Playing with(out) Power: Negotiated conventions of high performance networked play practices', in  Proceedings of the 2017 DiGRA International Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 2-6 July 2017, pp. 1-18.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Playing with(out) Power: Negotiated conventions of high performance networked play practices
Author(s) Witkowski, E
Manning, J
Year 2017
Conference name Digital Games Research Association Conference
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 2-6 July 2017
Proceedings title  Proceedings of the 2017 DiGRA International Conference
Publisher Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA)
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Abstract In this paper, we explore how videogame ownership and notions of co-creation in videogames intersect with "high performance play" practices. From speedrunning communities to esports leagues, expert play cultures offer rich examples to consider the ongoing negotiations on the conventions of play itself, made through assemblages of creative forces, from performances (on and off screen, by players and spectators), ownership/governance (of the game, of third-party organisations and products), and through the expression of player rights. Via two cases, we look at how two veteran franchises (Counter-Strike and Super Mario) have engaged with the moving foundations and expressions of co-creation practices made by those engaged in high performance careers of play, specifically speedrunner GrandPOOBear and Counter-Strike esports Major tournament players, teams, and leagues.
Subjects Computer Gaming and Animation
Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Keyword(s) esports
speedrunning
livestreaming
player rights
high performance
Valve
Nintendo
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