Technology and Addiction Part 1: Gaming and eSports

The videogames and eSports industries are booming. With this comes increasing concerns about the harms associated with these technologies, such as gaming addiction and tech dependence. This is a new frontier for social and community services.

This webinar will provide:

  • an overview of the gaming and eSports landscape
  • evidence on risks and harms (health, gambling and others) associated with gaming and eSports
  • potential benefits: how gaming technologies can or are being used positively.

A follow-up webinar – Technology and Addiction Part II – will explore the neuroscience behind tech dependence and gaming disorder, including diagnosis and effective interventions (date TBC).

Presenter: Associate Professor Sarah Kelly

Sarah Kelly is an Associate Professor in Law and Marketing and co-leader of the Trust, Ethics and Governance research hub at the University of Queensland. A lawyer by training, her interdisciplinary research covers sport law, ethics and corporate governance, commercial sponsorship and anti-doping regulation, and eSports and gaming. Sarah has over 30 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer, strategy consultant, company director and researcher. She currently serves on the boards of Brisbane Lions AFL Club, Tourism and Events QLD, Events Management QLD, The Gregory Terrace Foundation and the Wandering Warriors.

Enquiries: If you have any questions please contact James Petty from the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association jpetty@vaada.org.au