Call for Proposals

Submissions are extended to June 15th!

In recent years, esports scholarship has expanded in its multidisciplinarity while the business of competitive gaming has ballooned in viewership, prize payouts, and cultural visibility. Players are reaching professional status in more games and geographical regions. Meanwhile, this expansion of esports has renewed interest into familiar topics: inclusion & identity, cooperative learning strategies, community formation, design studies, quantitative analyses of performance, historical contextualization of play, and beyond.

To develop and expand the body of multidisciplinary research on esports, UC Irvine is excited to host the first annual Esports Conference (ESC 2018)! Join us October 11-12, 2018 in sunny Southern California for scholarship, professional panels, and an esports-centered festival. We invite proposals on topics across fields related to esports, including but not limited to the following:

  • Identity and inclusion in esports
  • Esports history and the development of esports as a cultural practice
  • Cultures of competitive play
  • Learning practices among competitive players
  • Participatory culture around esports
  • Quantitative analyses, statistical studies, and data collection of competitive play
  • Questions of capital and sponsorship in and around esports
  • Cognitive studies in esports

Please submit a short (300-500 word) abstract as a proposal for a 15-minute paper presentation, panel discussion, poster, symposium, or other suggested format. The deadline for applications is June 15, 2018. Abstracts will be reviewed and invitations will be extended by the end of June. A curated subset of papers will be invited for publication in a special issue of a games-related journal.



Please click the button below to submit your abstract. It will open a properly addressed email to which you may attach your file (.docx or .pdf). In case the button does not work correctly, please send your file to




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