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The Resource Raising the stakes : e-sports and the professionalization of computer gaming, T. L. Taylor

Raising the stakes : e-sports and the professionalization of computer gaming, T. L. Taylor

Label
Raising the stakes : e-sports and the professionalization of computer gaming
Title
Raising the stakes
Title remainder
e-sports and the professionalization of computer gaming
Statement of responsibility
T. L. Taylor
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Competitive video and computer game play is nothing new: the documentary King of Kong memorably portrays a Donkey Kong player's attempts to achieve the all-time highest score; the television show Starcade (1982--1984) featured competitions among arcade game players; and first-person shooter games of the 1990s became multiplayer through network play. A new development in the world of digital gaming, however, is the emergence of professional computer game play, complete with star players, team owners, tournaments, sponsorships, and spectators. In Raising the Stakes, T. L. Taylor explores the emerging scene of professional computer gaming and the accompanying efforts to make a sport out of this form of play. In the course of her explorations, Taylor travels to tournaments, including the World Cyber Games Grand Finals (which considers itself the computer gaming equivalent of the Olympics), and interviews participants from players to broadcasters. She examines pro-gaming, with its highly paid players, play-by-play broadcasts, and mass audience; discusses whether or not e-sports should even be considered sports; traces the player's path from amateur to professional (and how a hobby becomes work); and describes the importance of leagues, teams, owners, organizers, referees, sponsors, and fans in shaping the structure and culture of pro-gaming. Taylor connects professional computer gaming to broader issues: our notions of play, work, and sport; the nature of spectatorship; the influence of money on sports. And she examines the ongoing struggle over the gendered construction of play through the lens of male-dominated pro-gaming. Ultimately, the evolution of professional computer gaming illuminates the contemporary struggle to convert playful passions into serious play
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Taylor, T. L
Dewey number
796.0285
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GV567.5
LC item number
.T39 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Computer games
  • Sports
  • Sports
  • Internet games
  • Competition (Psychology)
  • Sports
Label
Raising the stakes : e-sports and the professionalization of computer gaming, T. L. Taylor
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [277]-297) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Playing for keeps -- Computer games as professional sport -- Professionalizing players -- Growing an industry -- Spectatorship and fandom -- Conclusion -- Appendix: Standard player contract without insurance provision
Control code
756837013
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 323 pages
Isbn
9780262017374
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011036911
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)756837013
Label
Raising the stakes : e-sports and the professionalization of computer gaming, T. L. Taylor
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [277]-297) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Playing for keeps -- Computer games as professional sport -- Professionalizing players -- Growing an industry -- Spectatorship and fandom -- Conclusion -- Appendix: Standard player contract without insurance provision
Control code
756837013
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 323 pages
Isbn
9780262017374
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011036911
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)756837013

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