Mark R Johnson is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research focuses on professional gameplay of all kinds - video games, gambling games, board games - and numerous other topics within "game studies". He's currently working on his first monograph with Bloomsbury Academic, entitled "The Unpredictability of Gameplay". He is also a former professional poker player, a multiple video game world record holder, an independent game developer, and a freelance games writer.
During this fellowship, Johnson will be investigating the depictions and portrayals of professional gamblers over the last few decades. He is particularly interested in the tension between concepts of "professionalism" - reliable, regular, income - and "gambling" - most often understood as quite the opposite - in constructing and relating the life stories and career paths of those "professional gamblers."
Check out Mark on Twitter at @UltimaRegum
Johnson's colloquium talk “Comparing the Professionalization of Pro Gamblers and Pro Video Game Players” is scheduled for July 14, 2017, 3 pm, Goldfield Room, UNLV campus.