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How does toxicity change depending on rank in League of Legends?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Game Design.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Game Design.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis aims to investigate toxic remarks in three different ranks in League of Legends, Bronze, Gold, and Diamond. The purpose is to understand how toxic communication between players would change depending on rank. A framework from Neto, Alvino and Becker (2018) was adopted to define and count toxic remarks. The method relied on participant observation to gather data; three different ranks were specified for data collection. Fifteen games were played in each of the ranks; Bronze, Gold, and Diamond. Each game was recorded, transcribed and analyzed by dividing each toxic remark registered into Neto, Alvino and Becker’s predetermined categories. The study concluded that domain language is more often used by players with a higher rank, meaning that high ranked players tend to use toxicity that requires previous game knowledge to understand. On the contrary, low ranked players tend to stick to basic complaints and insults when using toxicity to remark teammates while playing. 

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med detta examensarbete är att undersöka förekomsten av toxiska yttranden i tre olika ranger i League of Legends: Brons, Guld och Diamant. Målet är att försöka förstå hur toxiska yttranden spelarna emellan ändras beroende på rang. För att kunna definiera och räkna toxiska yttranden användes ett ramverk som utformats av Neto, Alvino och Becker (2018). Som metod för insamlingen av data från de tre olika rangerna användes deltagarobservationer. Femton matcher spelades i var och en av rangerna Brons, Guld och Diamant. Varje match spelades in, transkriberades och analyserades och de toxiska yttrandena delades upp i Neto och Beckers olika kategorier. Utifrån studien kan slutsatsen dras att domänspråk är oftare använt av spelare i högre ranger och att domänspråk är kopplat till slang inom spel som kräver tidigare kunskap i spelet för att förstå. I motsats till detta använder spelare i lägre ranger mer basala klagomål och förolämpningar när toxiska yttranden riktas mot andra spelare.

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2019. , p. 28
Keywords [en]
Toxic Remark, Toxicity, Domain Language, Domain Knowledge, Spam, League of Legends, MMO
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Social Sciences Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-389338OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-389338DiVA, id: diva2:1336598
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Game Design (HGO)
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Available from: 2019-08-19 Created: 2019-07-09 Last updated: 2019-08-19Bibliographically approved

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