From videogamer to e-sportsman : toward a growing professionalism of world-class players ?

Philippe Mora and Stéphane Héas

This article wrote for a French universitary book coordinated by Mélanie Roustan. This article has been translated in Italian (in Doom. The first person reader).

From videogamer to e-sportsman: toward a growing professionalism of world-class players is from now available for consultation on Internet. Thanks to Mélanie Roustan to allow this diffusion and Maiko Sato who helped me to the translation!

Astract and keywords :

A sports phenomenon has emerged among video network gamers, who are paid to play. Ethnographic observation of a local area network with 100 gamers and an online questionnaire (N = 724) highlight the body-efficiency of gamers, thecompetitive aspects and a form of institutionalisation, inspired by the world of sport. These findings compound representations of sport and video games, and the over-dualistic distinction between the real and the virtual. Indeed, such « sportification », far from being utopian, is developing with the increasing professionalism of world-class e-sportsmen. Here, sport as aeuphemism crosses paths with the constantly evolving practice of network game playing.

Sociology – Ethnography – Video games – Sport – Institution – Professional – Sociability

 

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