This research-in-progress paper investigates the personal development players experience from eSports participation by identifying the benefits that players gain from play, and why these are important to players. This study utilises a qualitative methodology consisting of semi-structured laddering interviews, and content analysis to analyse data. 12 high level groups, split into 8 benefits and 4 values, were identified of importance to players, with the attainment of these benefits allowing eSports players to achieve their values. The initial identification of benefits and values contribute towards IS literature by understanding how benefits can drive player participation in eSports, and how benefits are tied to players’ values. The results of this study can also be leveraged to promote eSports to external audiences to improve its legitimacy and perception.
Carbonie, Amelia; Guo, Zixiu; and Cahalane, Michael, "Positive Personal Development through eSports" (2018). PACIS 2018 Proceedings. 125.