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Abstract

This study explored factors that may trigger players’ enjoyment of mobile games on smart devices. Gender differences and the psychological benefits of mobile gameplay were further assessed. A laboratory experiment was conducted. Results revealed that there was a significant interaction effect of game challenge and past mobile game experience on game enjoyment. A significant gender difference was found, with males performing games better, and enjoying them more than females. The indirect effect of game rewards on self-esteem through enjoyment suggested that game enjoyment may be considered an important mechanism connecting satisfying gaming performance with psychological health.

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