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From Digital Play to Digital Labour: The Lives and Careers of Professional Video Gamers

Date: Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Time: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: L.R. Wilson Building, Room 1056

Mark Johnson will give a talk, co-sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies & Multimedia and the Department of Labour Studies. Dr. Mark R Johnson is a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Abstract: This talk examines the lives and careers of those who make a full-time living playing and broadcasting video games on Twitch, with a focus on four elements: the identity of the people who choose a career path in gaming, the labour practice of full day live streaming, the income and the future of affective game labour.