Overwatch to Oversnatch: The Mutually Reinforcing Gendered Power Relations of Pornography, Streaming, and Esports

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Abstract

This chapter argues that the controversial policing of women’s bodies in esports and livestreaming is reflected in the pornification of Overwatch. This chapter makes three claims. First, mainstream heterosexual Overwatch pornography reinforces the assumed masculinity of esports. Second, the pornographic fantasies depicted reinforce everyday misogynistic attitudes to women in esports. Third, Overwatch porn also provides scope for more inclusive and diverse approaches to sexuality in emerging areas such as cosplay erotica. This chapter provides crucial insight into the porous boundaries between esports, mainstream pornography, and cosplay erotica which highlights how Overwatch pornography reinforces and reflects the discursive formations of heteronormative masculinity and misogyny in esports.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModes of Esports Engagement in Overwatch
EditorsMaria Ruotsalainen, Maria Törhönen, Veli-Matti Karhulahti
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages179-197
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-82767-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-82766-3
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Publication statusPublished - 2022
Publication typeA3 Book chapter

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