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Watch me playing, I am a professional: a first study on video game live streaming

Mehdi Kaytoue 1, * Arlei Silva 1 Loïc Cerf 1 Wagner Meira 1 Chedy Raïssi 2
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2 ORPAILLEUR - Knowledge representation, reasonning
Inria Nancy - Grand Est, LORIA - NLPKD - Department of Natural Language Processing & Knowledge Discovery
Abstract : "Electronic-sport" (E-Sport) is now established as a new entertainment genre. More and more players enjoy streaming their games, which attract even more viewers. In fact, in a recent social study, casual players were found to prefer watching professional gamers rather than playing the game themselves. Within this context, advertising provides a significant source of revenue to the professional players, the casters (displaying other people's games) and the game streaming platforms. For this paper, we crawled, during more than 100 days, the most popular among such specialized platforms: Thanks to these gigabytes of data, we propose a first characterization of a new Web community, and we show, among other results, that the number of viewers of a streaming session evolves in a predictable way, that audience peaks of a game are explainable and that a Condorcet method can be used to sensibly rank the streamers by popularity. Last but not least, we hope that this paper will bring to light the study of E-Sport and its growing community. They indeed deserve the attention of industrial partners (for the large amount of money involved) and researchers (for interesting problems in social network dynamics, personalized recommendation, sentiment analysis, etc.).
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Mehdi Kaytoue, Arlei Silva, Loïc Cerf, Wagner Meira, Chedy Raïssi. Watch me playing, I am a professional: a first study on video game live streaming. MSND@WWW - International Workshop on Mining Social Network Dynamics - 2012 (in conjunction with WWW - World Wild Web - 2012), May 2012, Lyon, France. pp.1181-1188, ⟨10.1145/2187980.2188259⟩. ⟨hal-00697150⟩



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