Ranking Practices and Distinction in League of Legends

When we play esports games, there is always a sense of presence of other players with whom we relate through competition. In this tightly written CHI Play paper, Yubo, Xinning, and I discussed an important design element, player ranking, which mediates this competitive climate, fostering its practices, rhetorics, and even to the extent of its social structure.

I am proud to be part of this paper that connects to my own research on StarCraft.