Esports and Online Gaming

Track chairs: (

  • Casper Harteveld (Northeastern University, USA)
  • Magy Seif El-Nasr (University of California Santa Cruz, USA)

The special track in Esports and Online Gaming invites original and novel high-quality research contributions to the area of esports and online games. The track’s emphasis is broad and invites all submissions in this area, including work that focuses on: the development and promise of new gaming technologies, the development of production tools for online games and esports, or work that focuses on understanding the psychology of gamers in this domain or how current online game technologies impacts players, communities, society, and culture. Work can range from large-scale analyses from massively multiplayer online games to small group interactions or local community-based social games. We welcome submissions from industrial researchers, especially with work that tackles pivotal topics such as toxicity and diversity. Given the rise of esports and live streaming, we furthermore encourage submissions covering these topics. Submissions will need to highlight how they relate to the future direction of the World Wide Web.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Esports
  • Video game live streaming
  • Massively multiplayer online games
  • Cloud gaming
  • Game Server Architectures
  • Crowdsourcing games
  • Game analytics and data visualization
  • Serious games
  • Mobile games
  • IoT and gaming
  • Community engagement
  • Extended reality (AR/VR) and location-based games
  • Game industry business models
  • Privacy and security in games
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in games
  • Novel game interactions over the Web

Submission guidelines

For the special tracks, submissions are limited to 8 content pages, which should include all figures and tables, but excluding supplementary material and references. In addition, you can include 2 additional pages of supplementary material.

The total number of pages with supplementary material and references must not exceed 12 pages. The papers must be formatted according to the instructions below.

Submissions will be handled via Easychair, at

Formatting the submissions

Submissions must adhere to the ACM template and format published in the ACM guidelines at Please remember to add Concepts and Keywords. Please use the template in traditional double-column format to prepare your submissions. For example, word users may use Word Interim Template, and latex users may use sample-sigconf template.

For overleaf users, you may want to use

Submissions for review must be in PDF format. They must be self-contained and written in English.

Author identity

The review process will be double-blind. The submitted document should not include any author names, affiliations, or other identifying information. This may include, but is not restricted to: acknowledgements, self-citations, references to prior work by the author(s) etc.

You may explicitly refer in the paper to organisations that provided datasets, hosted experiments, or deployed solutions and tools. In other words, instead of saying that “we analysed the logs of a major search engine”, the authors may name the search engine in question. The reviewers will be informed that naming organisations in papers does not necessarily imply that the authors are currently affiliated with said organisation.

Originality and concurrent submissions

Submissions must present original work — this means that papers published or accepted to any peer-reviewed venue with published proceedings cannot be submitted here; also, authors must appropriately cite their prior work (considering the double-blind review policy). Finally, submissions available only online and/or that have been previously presented orally, as posters, or in venues with no formal proceedings are allowed.

Concurrent submissions are not allowed – this means that papers that are currently under review cannot be submitted to this conference; conversely, while the paper is under review here, it should not be submitted elsewhere. The programme committee is working closely with other related venues with similar review timelines to ensure this policy will be enforced.

The ACM has a strict policy against plagiarism, misrepresentation, and falsification that applies to all publications.

Ethical use of data and informed consent

As a published ACM author, you and your co-authors are subject to all ACM Publications Policies, including ACM’s new Publications Policy on Research Involving Human Participants and Subjects.

When appropriate, authors are encouraged to include a section on the ethical use of data and/or informed consent in their paper.

Note that submitting your research for approval by the author(s)’ institutional ethics review body (IRB) may not always be sufficient. Even if such research has been signed off by your IRB, the programme committee might raise additional concerns about the ethical implications of the work and include these concerns in its review.

Publication policy

Accepted papers will require a further revision in order to meet the requirements and page limits of the camera-ready format required by ACM. Instructions for the preparation of the camera-ready versions of the papers will be provided after acceptance.

All accepted papers will be published by ACM in the main volume together with the research track papers and will be available via the ACM Digital Library. To be included in the Proceedings, at least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference and present the paper there.

Important Dates

  • Abstract: November 11, 2021
  • Full paper: November 18, 2021
  • Acceptance notification: January 13, 2022

No rebuttal is foreseen.

All submission deadlines are end-of-day in the Anywhere on Earth (AoE) time zone.

You can reach the track chairs at: