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Playing along and playing for on Twitch
Rainforest Scully-Blaker - Jason Begy - Mia Consalvo - Sarah Christina Ganzon
eBook Edition: 2017

This paper is an analysis of individuals who livestream game play 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. (From Author)

eBook Contents

Introduction – Review of literature – Methods - “Twitch-worthy” gameplay - Crowd-sourced choices: Playing for an audience – The ceiling of tandem play on Twitch - Conclusion: Playing for the masses

eBook License: Copyrighted from The Concordia University

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