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Community Management Summit: A Discourse on Discourse: Understanding Fandom and Online Communities

Bria Davis  (Community Director, The Game Band)

Location: Room 3002, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 20

Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Business & Marketing

Format: Lecture

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

In early 2020, Blaseball went viral and quickly amassed the chaotic and enthusiastic fandom it would soon become known for. Many developers dream of a fandom for their game, but few have the experience to maintain one. What does it mean to design a healthy, scalable community, and how can someone learn to anticipate deep-seated problems before they arise?

Deconstruct the history and behaviors of modern fandom, toxicity, and marginalization with Bria Davis, Community Director at The Game Band, as she unpacks lessons learned from managing the cultural event of Blaseball.


Audiences will leave better equipped to design community spaces to facilitate a healthy and sustainable relationship with their fans. Understanding fandom patterns of behavior and early signs of toxicity, attendees will walk away equipped to deconstruct and circumvent common pitfalls and burnout that come from maintaining an engaged fandom.

Intended Audience

This is for anyone who engages regularly with online communities (professionally or socially), has intentions of facilitating a fandom around a game, or seeks to understand why fandom parts of the internet behave the way they do. No prior experience necessary.