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Prosocial Behavior in an Online Game Community: An Ethnographic Study
Purdue Univ, W Lafayette, IN USA.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Game Design.
Stockholm Univ, Stockholm, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 12TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE FOUNDATIONS OF DIGITAL GAMES (FDG'17) / [ed] Canossa, A Harteveld, C Zhu, J Sicart, M Deterding, S, ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY , 2017Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We report an ethnographic study of prosocial behavior inconnection to League of Legends, one of the most popular games in the world. In this game community, the game developer, Riot Games, implemented a system that allowed players to volunteer their time to identify unacceptable player behaviors and punish players associated with these behaviors. With the prosocial goal of improving the community and promoting sportsmanship with in the competitive culture, a small portion of players worked diligently in the system with little reward. In this paper, we use interviews and analysis of forum discussions to examine how players themselves explain their participation in the system situated in the game culture of League of Legends. We show a myriad of social and technical factors that facilitated or hindered players' prosocial behavior. We discuss how our findings might provide generalizable insights for player engagement and community-building in online games.

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ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY , 2017.
Keywords [en]
Prosocial behavior, League of Legends, online community
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-354383DOI: 10.1145/3102071.3102078ISI: 000426967500015ISBN: 978-1-4503-5319-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-354383DiVA, id: diva2:1229004
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12th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games, August 14 - 17, 2017, Hyannis, Massachusetts.
Available from: 2018-06-29 Created: 2018-06-29 Last updated: 2018-06-29Bibliographically approved

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