3:15 – 3:45PM (PST), September 13 CHANNEL: PAX
Rachel Kowert (@DrKowert), @Mxiety, @TonzyTV, @GaryWhitta
Being a gamer has always been a source of pride and community for those who play games. With the expansion of streaming services like Twitch, Facebook Gaming, and YouTube live, gaming cultures have transformed into niche local groups to thriving global communities. Many believe that online communities remain somehow “sub par” to face communities, despite the fact that research has found that these communities are powerful sources of social support and identity. Join this panel of online community leaders and content creators as we discuss the true nature and power of social play in online gaming communities in creating friendships, communities, and spaces for self-expression.