Upcoming Talks

  • August 2019 Videogaming as Craft ConsumptionEuropean Sociological Association Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom.
  • August 2019 (with M. Johnson) What do Game Developers Think about Loot Boxes?DiGRA International, Ritsumeikan University Kinugasa Campus, Kyoto, Japan.
  • August 2019 (with. M Johnson, J. Reynolds, A. Thorhauge, J. Lee, L. Chiapello and D. Gardner) Panellist on ‘Gaming, Gambling and the New Monetisation of Digital PlayDiGRA International, Ritsumeikan University Kinugasa Campus, Kyoto, Japan.
  • August 2019 (with M. Johnson, M. Suitila, W. Partin. D. Cumming) Panellist on ‘Skill, Streaming and Sociality in Contemporary Esports’DiGRA International, Ritsumeikan University Kinugasa Campus, Kyoto, Japan.
  • August 2019 (with G. Potter) Failure in Videogames: Similarities and Differences to Textile CraftDiGRA International, Ritsumeikan University Kinugasa Campus, Kyoto, Japan.
  • August 2019 Counting Clicks: Gameplay Metrics, Power and the Body Politics of Competitive VideogamesDiGRA International, Ritsumeikan University Kinugasa Campus, Kyoto, Japan.
  • July 2019 Videogames and Digital SociologyBSA Digital Sociology Study Group, BSA Meeting Rooms, London.
  • July 2019 The Value of EsportsThe Landing, Media City, Greater Manchester.
  • June 2019 Invited Speaker to Symposium on Indisciplinary Approaches to Digital Play Kings College London, United Kingdom.

Politics, Culture, and Games

Dr Tom Brock is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research interests include play, games and social theory. He has authored publications on esports, player skill, failure, player labour and digital games consumption in peer-reviewed journals including, Games and Culture, Journal of Consumer Culture, and Information, Communication and Society. Tom has also published widely on social, political and cultural theory in peer-reviewed journals including, The Sociological Review, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour and the Journal of Critical Realism. Tom is currently co-editing a Special Issue on ‘Digital Transformations in Gaming and Gambling’ for the Journal of Consumer Culture.

Dr Brock is currently supervising several PhD Students

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