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.

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editorsSiutila, Miia; Joelsson, Tapani; Karhulahti, Veli-Matti

Journal or seriesNuorisotutkimus


Publication year2022


Issue number2

Pages range41-60


Publication countryFinland

Publication languageFinnish

Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open accessChannel 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.

Keywordsplaying (games and sports)online gamesvideo gameselectronic sportscompetitive sportsyoung peopleboyshobbiesattitudes

Free keywordsesports

Contributing organizations

Related projects

Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

JUFO rating1

Last updated on 2024-03-04 at 19:37