Perceptions of Effective Training Practices in League of Legends: A Qualitative Exploration

Abbott, C., Watson, M. and Birch, P. D. J. (2023) Perceptions of Effective Training Practices in League of Legends: A Qualitative Exploration. Journal of Electronic Gaming and Esports, 1 (1). pp. 1-11. (In Press)

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While scientific interest in electronic sports (esports) is steadily growing, there remains an absence of research evidence concerning training practices in specific esports such as League of Legends. Anecdotal evidence suggests that current approaches to training may be suboptimal in terms of performance and, concerningly, linked to negative consequences for player health and well-being. In order to address the lack of literature and aid understanding of the (in)effectiveness of current training practices in esports, our study sought to qualitatively examine the experiences and perceptions of training in a sample of professional and semiprofessional League of Legends players. Through interviews with 10 players who ranked in the top 0.24% of the playing population, three core themes were identified: (a) the state of training, (b) training experiences, and (c) motivational change. This study provides important insights into current training practices in esports and players’ perceptions of the (in)effectiveness of these practices. The paper concludes with practical recommendations for coaches and support staff working in esports.

Publication Type: Articles
Additional Information: © 2022 Human Kinetics, Inc. Bronze open access as of Nov 1st, 2022.. Open to read on publishers website
Uncontrolled Keywords: Deliberate practice, performance, grind culture, motivation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Sport > Area > Sport Social Sciences
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Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2022 09:11
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2023 01:10

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