There and back again

November 26, 2017

I’m now firmly back on the research pathway, new university, new supervisor, new topic, new interest. It feels good to be back. But it isn’t all new. I’ve shifted towards looking at eSports and the definitions of them, and (what I’m choosing to call for the purpose of de-privileging the term) irlSports, or ‘in real life’ sports.

So lets jump right into it.

There are couple of conferences and symposiums coming up that might interest both the nerd and the eSports aficionado (and I’ve a paper in one of them, so shameless self promotion is at work here) , both are located in the UK.

14th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology.

I’ve a paper (co-written with Professors Michael Hitchens, Macquarie University and Anders Drachen, University of York) in this titled ‘eSports vs irlSport’ which will be presented by co-author, Professor Anders Drachen. The full paper will appear in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science sometime in 2018.

next is

Singularities: Where the old rules no longer apply; A one day symposium on Sci-Fi fan events in critical event, tourism and leisure studies.

Monday 11 June 2018: Cloth Hall, Leeds Becket University (Leeds, UK)

The call for papers for this one closes on 30 November 2017. The symposium is linked to a special issue in the Journal of Fandom Studies, with symposium details listed there also.

As a personal aside, if you think your topic might be a little off target don’t be afraid to ask the conveners if your topic is relevant to them. I dropped them a line about eSports and they were happy for me to submit an abstract. So you never know unless you ask 🙂


I was privileged to be invited to attend the Blizzard Overwatch World Cup Qualifier event in Sydney in June (thanks 100% to the absolutely awesome Henchwench Cosplay who made that happen). What an amazing experience that was. Several thousand Australian Overwatch fans all screaming and cheering for the home team. And the cosplay; such detail and precision in the work by truly dedicated professional artisans.

As a quick plug and final note, look out for Zen eSports League, an Australian based eSport League doing good things.

And I’m out. I hope to be back here at least once a month to update predominately about eSports and rpg research.



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