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Professor Andy Miah, Captures the Present and Future State of Esports

Watch Andy Miah, Member of the GEF Education, Culture, Youth Commission.

2020 has been a big year for esports, with many of the world’s major brands finding their way into partnerships and huge amounts of creative innovation. Professor Miah outlines how esports are becoming a vehicle for social good and how this is shaping the way society defines the value of computer games.


Professor Andy Miah is Chair of Science Communication & Future Media in the School of Science, Engineering, and Environment at the University of Salford, Manchester, where he is also Co-Chair of the Esports Industry Collaboration. Author of 10 books about emerging technologies, Professor Miah researches such topics as artificial intelligence, human enhancement, and digital health. He is an Advisory Board member of the British Esports Association, Commission Member of the Global Esports Federation, and author of Sport 2.0: Transforming Sports for a Digital World (MIT Press, 2017). Professor Miah’s research takes him to each Olympic Games, where he researches media change, and this work is informed by a commitment to ensure that sound knowledge shapes the public discussion about computer game playing culture.


Professor Andy Miah is Chair of Science Communication & Future Media in the School of Science, Engineering, and Environment at the University of Salford, Manchester, where he is also Co-Chair of the Esports Industry Collaboration. He is an Advisory Board member of the British Esports Association, Commission Member of the Global Esports Federation, and author of Sport 2.0: Transforming Sports for a Digital World (MIT Press, 2017). A pioneering researcher into the relationship between digital technologies and sport, Professor Miah has worked globally to position esports within conversations about the future integration of digital leisure and physical activity. Previous roles include providing digital media training for IAAF athletes, social media guidance for Olympic athletes, and mentoring on the International Olympic Committee Young Reporters Programme. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx