Call For Proposals

Share your work with our international community

Call for Proposals

Submissions for 2021 are open

ESC is the premier academic research conference in the field of esports. Building on the work our colleagues have dedicated themselves to in recent years, ESC aims to foster substantive discussion about organized, competitive video game play. Each year, we bring researchers across diverse disciplines, industry professionals, collegiate leaders, and educators together to learn about and discuss each other’s work.

We are now accepting submissions for the following tracks.

RESEARCH: Academic work on questions in esports, from performance and team cohesion to community participation and inclusion. Submissions to the research track should:

  1. Be unique and original works of rigorous academic research which contributes to existing conversations/literature about and around esports
  2. Utilize methodologies that are commensurate with research questions proposed
  3. Adhere to the publication format linked below. (Modified ACM Template)


COLLEGIATE:
Conversations between leaders, organizers, and participants on campus esports, competition, and education. Submissions to the collegiate track should:

  1. Showcase unique programs, competitions, curricula, clubs, etc. in colleges and university environments
  2. Examine current and future trends in college and university esports
  3. Reflect on the short history of varsity collegiate esports and what is needed for continued growth


SCHOLASTIC (K-12):
In partnership with NASEF (the North America Scholastic Esports Federation), we’ll take a deep dive into what is happening and has been evolving in the K-12 scholastic esports space. Submissions to the K-12 track should:

  1. Focus on models that engage all students in different learning environments through the lens of scholastic esports
  2. Center on providing opportunities that build “community” among students (online and/ or offline) through their scholastic esports programming
  3. How scholastic esports in K-12 is prioritizing and infusing diversity, equity, and inclusion in their programming
  4. Models of scholastic esports that provide for articulated academic and competitive pathways from K-12 through post-secondary


Consider these a broad guide rather than specific requirements. If your submission does not fall into these boxes, it will still be reviewed alongside all others.

Submissions are due online by 11:59pm (GMT)/5:00 pm (PT) on July 31, 2021.

Please submit an abstract detailing your proposed paper presentation, symposium, workshop, or poster by this deadline for review. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words. In some cases, paper presentation submissions may instead be accepted as posters. Please include the stated objectives or session learning goals as well as the format and engagement approach given the digital nature of the conference.

We hope to notify all speakers by Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Accepted presenters will be guaranteed free conference passes.

COVID-19: The ESC leadership team has decided to again host UCI ESC 2021 as a fully virtual event.

For presenters, we will send you more details about how to present virtually when you are accepted. In the meantime, please prepare to have your own microphone/headset and webcam.

Research

Academic work on questions in esports, from performance and team cohesion to community participation and inclusion

Collegiate

Conversations between leaders, organizers, and participants on campus esports, competition, and education

Scholastic

We partner with NASEF to take a deep dive into what's happening in the K-12 esports world, both in and out of the classroom