MIT Professor T.L. Taylor and her book, Watch Me Play, Twitch and the Rise of Game Live Streaming, now available from Princeton University Press.

MIT’s T.L. Taylor Talks About Studying Esports & Streaming For a Living

 

If you enjoyed our conversation with Proletariat Inc.’s CEO about the intersection of video games and live streaming last episode, we have a treat for you today.

For BosBattle’s fifth episode, we interviewed T.L. Taylor, a professor of comparative media studies at MIT who studies video games, esports and streaming for a living. She recently released her fourth book, Watch Me Play: Twitch and the Rise of Game Live Streaming. She is also co-founder and director of research at AnyKey, an organization dedicated to supporting diversity in esports.

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Hosted by Dylan Martin and Stephanie MacDonald.

Music by Jesse Gertz. Mastering by Kegan Zema.

Recorded at PRX’s Podcast Garage in Allston, Mass.

A screenshot of Proletariat Inc.'s battle royale RPG, Spellbreak.

#4: Proletariat Inc.’s Seth Sivak Discusses Making a Battle Royale RPG

Remember when we briefly talked about venture capital-backed video game studios in Episode No. 2 with The Molasses Flood? For episode four, we talked to one! More specifically, Seth Sivak, who is CEO and co-founder of Boston-based Proletariat Inc.

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Seth Sivak, CEO and co-founder of Proletariat Inc.

Here are some things we talked about:

  • Why Proletariat decided to enter the crowded battle royale space with juggernauts like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • How Proletariat plans to use RPG and spellcasting elements to differentiate its battle royale game, Spellbreak, from the competition
  • What Proletariat learned from their first two titles: mobile strategy game World Zombination and “stream first” multiplayer action game Streamline
  • How streaming influenced the design and distribution strategy of Proletariat’s games
  • How the closure of Zynga’s Boston office led Seth and his co-founders to start Proletariat
  • Why Proletariat decided to pursue venture capital versus bootstrapping

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Hosted by Dylan Martin and Stephanie MacDonald.

Music by Jesse Gertz. Mastering by Kegan Zema.

Recorded at PRX’s Podcast Garage in Allston, Mass.