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Esports and the platforming of child’s play during covid-19

Verdoodt, Valerie, Fordyce, Robbie, Archbold, Lisa, Gordon, Faith and Clifford, Damian (2021) Esports and the platforming of child’s play during covid-19. International Journal of Children's Rights, 29 (2). 496 - 520. ISSN 0927-5568

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Identification Number: 10.1163/15718182-29020013

Abstract

The coronavirus pandemic has significantly restricted children’s opportunities for play and socialisation with friends in physical outside spaces. As a consequence, children’s participation in educational, play and entertainment activities are now predominantly taking place online. One form of online play which has become immensely popular with a young audience, is esports. However, esports and the platforming of play have been associated with public health concerns and excessive commercialisation. This paper will therefore address these issues through the lens of children’s rights, in particular the right to play and the right to protection from exploitation. It will explore whether esports can contribute to the realisation of the right to play and enable other rights such as the right to development, assembly and freedom of expression during covid-19.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://brill.com/view/journals/chil/chil-overview...
Additional Information: © 2021 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden
Divisions: Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2021 09:42
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2022 14:12
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/110990

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