“It’s the universal language:” Investigating student-athletes’ use of and motivations for playing Fortnite

James Sanderson, Blair Browning, Hank DeHay

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Abstract

This research examined student-athletes’ usage of and motivations for playing the video game Fortnite. Social video games such as Fortnite are growing in popularity and athletes have become a visible consumer group. Semi-structured interviews with 22 Division-I student athletes were conducted. Analysis of the interviews generated six usage and motivational categories: (a) Fortnite as a Competitive Outlet; (b) Fortnite and Addiction; (c) Fortnite as Shared Athletic Experience; (d) Fortnite as Social Bonding; (e) Fortnite and External Social Connections; and (f) Fortnite as Relaxation. The results suggest that video games such as Fortnite provide meaningful social connection fulfillment needs for student-athletes, and also allow them to interact with fans and student-athletes at other schools. Yet, Fortnite also fosters addictive tendencies that can negatively impact their academic performance and well-being. Accordingly, coaches and others student-athlete support personnel can use vide
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-44
JournalJournal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics
StatePublished - 2020

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