A1 Journal article (refereed)
"Mammat menee kahville, me koneelle" : kilpapelaaminen poikien elämässä (2022)
Competitive gaming as a hobby for Finnish boys

Siutila, M., Joelsson, T., & Karhulahti, V.-M. (2022). "Mammat menee kahville, me koneelle" : kilpapelaaminen poikien elämässä. Nuorisotutkimus, 40(2), 41-60.

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All authors or editors: Siutila, Miia; Joelsson, Tapani; Karhulahti, Veli-Matti

Journal or series: Nuorisotutkimus

ISSN: 0780-0886

Publication year: 2022

Volume: 40

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 41-60

Publisher: Nuorisotutkimusseura

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

Publication open access: Not open

Publication channel open access: Channel is not openly available

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/82241


This article investigates esports as a part of the lives of Finnish boys who are active gamers. Through qualitative interviews (n= 14), we discuss the boys' views on esports as a persona! and societal activity. The research indicates that esports can be compared to traditiona! sports both as a goal-oriented competitive activity and as a social pastime for boys who play together with others. For them, esports is a hobby that is increasingly supported by family, friends, and society alike. Supervised esports and the related social infrastructures likely encourage the development of healthy gaming habits.

Keywords: playing (games and sports); online games; video games; electronic sports; competitive sports; young people; boys; hobbies; attitudes

Free keywords: esports

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Reporting Year: 2022

Preliminary JUFO rating: 1

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