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Esports Day: Confronting the PC/Console Divide

Speaker:

Latoya Peterson (Deputy Editor, Digital Innovation, The Undefeated)

Location: Room 3002, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 19

Time: 3:50pm - 4:20pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits - Get your pass now!

Topic: Design

Format: Tutorial

Tutorials: Esports Day

Vault Recording: Video

As esports grows, patterns are emerging where the industry is seeing a growing divide between PC based games (payments/prize pools/sponsorship) and console focused games, which has interesting implications for the racial demographics of who gets to play and who gets to get pro. This session will discuss this critical juncture in esports and examine how inequality manifests in the space even from unlikely connections.

Takeaway

A major disparity is opening in the esports space where the most diverse players are in the least lucrative spaces and unlikely to make a living. To address this, industry professionals need to take a hard look at how the space is forming and what they can influence to create a fairer playing field.

Intended Audience

People who care about inclusion in esports and are watching the development of the space and the recreation of certain inequalities.