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‘It’s like the gold rush’: the lives and careers of professional video game streamers on Twitch.tv

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This paper explores the lives and careers of video game live broadcasters, especially those who gain their primary real-world income through this practice. We introduce the dominant market leader – the platform Twitch.tv – and outline its immensely rapid growth and the communities of millions of broadcasters, and tens of millions of viewers, it now boasts. Drawing on original interview data with professional and aspiring-professional game broadcasters (‘streamers’), we examine the pasts, pres...

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Publication status:
Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1080/1369118X.2017.1386229

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Oxford Internet Institute
Publisher:
Routledge Publisher's website
Journal:
Information, Communication and Society Journal website
Volume:
22
Issue:
3
Pages:
336-351
Publication date:
2017-10-16
Acceptance date:
2017-09-15
DOI:
EISSN:
1468-4462
ISSN:
1369-118X
Pubs id:
pubs:825798
URN:
uri:443b11b0-02e8-42bc-8d40-6e6b7cc8f22d
UUID:
uuid:443b11b0-02e8-42bc-8d40-6e6b7cc8f22d
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pubs:825798

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