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Une profession de l’authenticité. Le régime de proximité des intermédiaires du jeu vidéo sur Twitch et YouTube

Abstract : The emergence of specialized videographers producing live content on Twitch (streaming) or videos on YouTube has disrupted the video game industry. Game design now integrates constraints linked to broadcasting. As in many other sectors, online video creators have become prescribers in competition with those from the specialized media. On what is their legitimacy to judge video games founded, and how do they contribute towards producing games’ value ? This article draws on a qualitative survey of video makers and their audiences to describe the relationships built between them. Beyond the regimes of expertise and independence upheld by the press, videographers rely on a regime of proximity. Here, we shed light on the ways in which viewers are attached to a limited number of video makers and derive pleasure from the close relationship that develops between them. Video makers construct this proximity by crafting their image as that of authentic individuals : ordinary, original, and honest. This paper thus highlights the forms of spectators’ particular attachment to videographers. Finally, it analyses this relationship’s implications for videographers’ work, especially when it comes to the importance of emotional work and the risks it entails in their private lives.
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Samuel Coavoux, Noémie Roques. Une profession de l’authenticité. Le régime de proximité des intermédiaires du jeu vidéo sur Twitch et YouTube. Réseaux, La Découverte, 2020, N°224 (6), pp.169. ⟨10.3917/res.224.0169⟩. ⟨halshs-03087747⟩

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