• Steph Orme

New job + TechConnect + PAX East

BIG NEWS! Starting fall 2020, I'll be joining the full-time faculty at Emmanuel College's Communication and Media Studies program! In addition to bringing game studies to Emmanuel's curriculum, I'll also be ramping up the college's esports club and teams.

My vision is to build a diverse and inclusive, student-centered organization that also aims to prepare students for careers in gaming and esports broadcast, marketing, journalism, design, and other industry roles. By capitalizing on Boston's vibrant gaming and esports scene, and building partnerships with other collegiate esports organizations in the area, Emmanuel esports students will have a wealth of opportunities in their own backyard to explore! I'm excited to get started!


In other exciting news, I've been invited to speak at Boston University's TechConnect 2020 conference. This year's theme is "Future Ready," and is focused on exploring how technological developments will shape our futures as consumers, business persons, and as members of society. I'll be discussing the future of gaming and esports and how it's driving countless industries from education and sports to app development and augmented reality. For a rough schedule of events and ticketing information, visit here.


And finally, I'd mentioned my panel at PAXEast 2020 on Gatekeeping in Geek Culture, but now is a good time to remind anyone who is interested in collegiate esports and in town for PAX about the College Esports Expo (CEX) February 26. This will be my second year working with CEX, and this year's lineup is our most exciting yet, featuring dedicated tracks to esports academic programs, esports lifestyle, technology, and player perfomance. Check out the full list of topics here. Tickets can be purchased here. I will be participating on a panel with two colleagues from Twitch Student, sharing my insights from my experience of developing and teaching a live-streaming undergraduate course.

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