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Video: The importance of storytellers in eSports

January 10, 2018 | By Emma Kidwell

January 10, 2018 | By Emma Kidwell
More: Design, Video

There's been a big spotlight on eSports events in recent years, featuring stadiums packed to the brim with fans waiting to watch their favorite players compete for a prize pool. However, the storytelling element of eSports shouldn't be overshadowed by the spectacle of it all. 

In this GDC 2016 eSports day panel Travis Beauchamp, Brittany Brown, Damian Estrada, Travis Gafford, TJ Huckabee, and Timothy Young discusses how storytelling is a crucial component in eSports—alongside having a big stage and players competing in your game.

The talk discusses how each industry professional found themselves attracted to eSports before transitioning into how developers should prioritize storytelling when designing for eSports in mind, citing the importance of creating an experience that has the ability to bring people together and form a community. 

Developers curious to see how storytelling is crucial to eSports can now watch the talk completely free via the official GDC YouTube channel!

About the GDC Vault

In addition to this presentation, the GDC Vault and its accompanying YouTube channel offers numerous other free videos, audio recordings, and slides from many of the recent Game Developers Conference events, and the service offers even more members-only content for GDC Vault subscribers.

Those who purchased All Access passes to recent events like GDC or VRDC already have full access to GDC Vault, and interested parties can apply for the individual subscription via a GDC Vault subscription page. Group subscriptions are also available: game-related schools and development studios who sign up for GDC Vault Studio Subscriptions can receive access for their entire office or company by contacting staff via the GDC Vault group subscription page. Finally, current subscribers with access issues can contact GDC Vault technical support.

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