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Playing along and Playing for on Twitch: Livestreaming from Tandem Play to Performance

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Title:Playing along and Playing for on Twitch: Livestreaming from Tandem Play to Performance
Authors:Scully-Blaker, Rainforest
Begy, Jason
Consalvo, Mia
Ganzon, Sarah
Keywords:Twitch.tv
games
players
live streaming
Date Issued:04 Jan 2017
Abstract:This paper is an analysis of individuals who livestream gameplay on Twitch. Two core concepts - ‘playing along’ and ‘playing for’ – are put forth as two poles to a continuum to better discuss tandem play in the context of livestreaming. From an analysis of participants’ exit interviews and observations of larger Twitch streams, it is shown that livestreaming is a form of tandem play, but only to a point. As audiences grow, ‘playing along’ becomes difficult for streamers. The ‘ceiling’ of tandem play is reached when a streamer is so focused on entertaining the largest number of people possible that they are no longer playing along with their spectators, but only playing for them.
Pages/Duration:10 pages
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/41400
ISBN:978-0-9981331-0-2
DOI:10.24251/HICSS.2017.246
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Appears in Collections: Games and Gaming Minitrack


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