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Datorspel - en lek eller sport?: En studie om hur tre svenska dagstidningar framställer e-sport och datorspel 2000-2013
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9728-8201
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Computer Games - a Game or Sport? : A Study of how Three Swedish Newspapers Depicts E-Sports and Computer Games 2000-2013 (English)
Abstract [en]

This essay examines how three big Swedish newspapers depicts e-sports and computer gaming and how the depiction change during 2000-2013. The study will also examine whether e-sports is being portrayed as competitive sport. The purpose is to investigate which attitudes that can be identified towards computer gaming and its culture in major newspapers such as Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagbladet and how these attitudes eventually changed over time.


The sources that will be used in both the quantitative and qualitative analysis are based on web articles, mainly because the paper editions does not provide much, if any, information about computer gaming and e-sports and also because of the convenience of being able to quickly find articles to study.


Results indicate that computer gaming is being depicted in a clear negative fashion during 2000-2006, and that the depiction of e-sports is somewhat positive but not as glorifying as for the years 2007-2013. During this period, there is a apparent tendency of e-sports being introduced to readers who are unfamiliar with the gaming culture. As for the attitudes towards computer gaming, the depiction is still somewhat negative, mainly because the debate about computer games and violence was revived because of several acts of violence in shape of school massacres and mass murder. Finally, there are only partial results that indicate that e-sports is being portrayed as a competitive sport, based on Allen Guttman's criteria for competitive sports.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 51 p.
Keyword [en]
Computer games, e-sports, gaming culture, newspaper study, Sweden, sportification, 2000s, debate
Keyword [sv]
Datorspel, e-sport, datorspelskultur, tidningsstudie, Sverige, sportifiering, 2000-tal, debatt
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-27000OAI: diva2:631975
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Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
2013-06-24, Växjö, 11:28 (Swedish)
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-06-24 Created: 2013-06-24 Last updated: 2013-06-24Bibliographically approved

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