GDC + VRDC 2019 Session Scheduler

View, browse and sort the ever-growing list of sessions by pass type, track, and format. With this Session Scheduler, you can build your schedule in advance and access it during the show via export or with the GDC Mobile App, once live. Sessions do fill up so please arrive early to sessions that you would like to attend. Adding a session to your schedule does not guarantee you a seat.

Esports Day: Storytelling in Esports: It's Pro Wrestling, with Data

James Murff (Designer, Rosemary Branch)

Adam Savidan (Content Producer, LoadingReadyRun)

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

Topic: Design

Format: Tutorial

Tutorials: Esports Day

Vault Recording: TBD

This joint session presented by Adam Savidan (LoadingReadyRun) and James Murff (Rosemary Branch) will consist of two 30-minute talks.

Adam Savidan will discuss how to highlight the personalities and characters that are present in esports, with an emphasis on the fighting game community, in order to humanize players and let the audience connect with them on an emotional level.

James Murff will share techniques for using data gathering and visualization as tools to humanize your players, create interesting competitive narratives, and increase engagement among your audience.


Through a combination of personality-driven storytelling and robust data analysis and visualization, developers can ratchet up tension and create narratives that are more compelling to both existing audiences and new viewers.

Intended Audience

Esports game developers, publishers, storytellers, and event producers.