The Arena Research Cluster (ARC) is a global community that connects researchers and industry stakeholders who share a focus on innovation in esports.
We facilitate knowledge exchange, collaboration and impact driven research. ARC is the vehicle through which researchers and professionals can connect, share resources and start new partnerships and collaborations.
We define innovation as introducing novel approaches, technologies, and means of knowledge generation that explore, enrich or otherwise advance understanding in or across the three interlinked pillars of esports (and sports) entertainment: competitive play, content production and audience experiences.
With innovations from esports translating into traditional sports (and vice versa) ARC’s remit spans esports, physical sports and motorsports.
ARC was founded in 2019 by one of the world’s largest esports research teams at the University of York, UK.
Recent years have seen a wealth of research that focuses on esports from a variety of disciplines including computer science, business, media studies, artificial intelligence, cultural studies, broadcasting, psychology, sociology and visualisation. There is however, no defined field of esports research.
Through its community, ARC provides the starting point for defining esports as a domain of scientific inquiry.
Arena Research Cluster: Reasons to join
Access to latest reserach
on esports through a vetted interdisciplinary research literature database that is continually updated by the ARC community.