DAX: Data-Driven Audience Experiences in Esports

Athanasios Kokkinakis, Simon Peter Demediuk, Isabelle Nölle, Olu Olarewaju, Sagarika Patra, Justus Robertson, Peter York, Alan Pedrassoli Chitayat, Alistair Coates, Daniel Slawson, Peter Hughes, Nicolas Hardie, Ben Kirman, Jonathan David Hook, Anders Drachen, Marian Ursu, Florian Oliver Block

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Esports(competitivevideogames)havegrownintoaglobalphenomenon with over 450m viewers and a 1.5bn USD market. Esports broadcasts follow a similar structure to traditional sports. However, due to their virtual nature, a large and detailed amount data is available about in-game actions not currently accessible in traditional sport. This provides an opportunity to incorporate novel insights about complex aspects of gameplay into the audience experience – enabling more in-depth coverage for experienced viewers, and increased accessibility for newcomers. Previous research has only explored a limited range of ways data could be incorporated into esports viewing (e.g. data visualizations post-match) and only a few studies have investigated how the presentation of statistics impacts spectators’ experiences and viewing behaviors. We present Weavr, a companion app that allows audiences to consume datadriven insights during and around esports broadcasts. We report on deployments at two major tournaments, that provide ecologically valid findings about how the app’s features were experienced by audiences and their impact on viewing behavior. We discuss implications for the design of second-screen apps for live esports events, and for traditional sports as similar data becomes available for them via improved tracking technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ACM International Conference on Interactive Media Experience (IMX) 2020
Number of pages12
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Apr 2020

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