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Is this still participation?: A case study of the disempowerment of player labourers
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 Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6597-1738
2019 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Critical research into games and player labour has shown that player creators remain disempowered despite the impact of their work. On the other hand, player-creators enjoy their work, they freely and in an informed manner consent to working without pay, and they can use their unpaid labour as experience and CV-entries. This paper aims to critically discuss these arguments in the light of a specifically chosen case study. The analysis is informed by expert interviews of player creators and it uses Carpentier’s (2016) analytic framework for participatory processes. This analysis of the power relationship between player creators and game developer is elemental for the discussion around unpaid player labour. In this case the company has enough power to purposefully keep the involvement of players secret which supports the notion of exploitation of free labour. The discussion suggests possible ways forward and connects to the ongoing unionization movement in the industry.

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2019.
Keywords [en]
Game, Gaming, Digial Games, Participation, Disempowerment, Labour, Co-creation, Case study, Critical research, Critical theory, Exploitation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-394091OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-394091DiVA, id: diva2:1356974
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DiGRA '19 - Proceedings of the 2019 DiGRA International Conference: Game, Play and the Emerging Ludo-Mix
Available from: 2019-10-02 Created: 2019-10-02 Last updated: 2019-10-15Bibliographically approved

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