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A Virtual Spectacle
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Game Design.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Game Design.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Our goal was to create an enhanced spectator experience to better engage the rapidly growing audience for Esports, through the use of Virtual Reality (VR) technology. In this study, we delve into the ways in which VR can do this. To test this hypothesis, we created a VR spectator add-on for a game and gathered data using semi-structured interviews. The data from the interviews were then analyzed using thematic analysis. The results of our study show that VR provides more engagement through a combination of possible factors including proximity to the action, novelty of VR experiences and the harder controls in VR. The results also show that the terms "immersion" and "spatial presence" were quite possibly used interchangeably by the participants and also that there may not be a correlation between the terms "engagement" and "spatial presence". In conclusion, we believe that the increased sense of engagement through VR technology can be taken even further and has the potential to be something more than what traditional modes of spectating can offer.

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2019. , p. 21
Keywords [en]
VR, Virtual Reality, Spectatorship, Spectating, eSports, Engagement, Immersion, Spatial Presence, Thematic Analysis, Game Design
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Design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-384232OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-384232DiVA, id: diva2:1319429
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Game Design and Programming; Game Design and Graphics
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Available from: 2019-06-11 Created: 2019-05-31 Last updated: 2019-06-11Bibliographically approved

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