Meaningful Play 2018 at Michigan State University

Paper Information

TitlePlaying Games for Others: Constructing a Gameplay Livestreaming Taxonomy
Presenter(s)Alex Leith
SessionGame Research Taxonomies and Methods
TimeSaturday, October 13, 11:30a-12:30p
LocationMSU Room
FormatPaper Presentation
DescriptionGameplay livestreaming is a rapidly growing area of new media through such platforms as Twitch and YouTube. When gamers choose to stream their gameplay, they regularly alter their play style to be more appealing to their spectators. This study examined the variation in play styles for gameplay livestreamers to construct a usable taxonomy. The foundation for the taxonomy is rooted in prior research that identified streamers generally being either experts or entertainers. The expert-entertainer spectrum provided to be insufficient in properly representing how streamers present their gameplay on stream. Therefore, standard streams refer to streams that are definable by their orientation toward expertise or entertainment. Nonstandard streams are streams which provide characteristics sufficiently unique to distinguish them from the expert-entertainer spectrum.

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