eSport: Construct specifications and implications for sport management

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Sport Management Review, ISSN: 1441-3523, Vol: 21, Issue: 1, Page: 1-6

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George B. Cunningham; Sheranne Fairley; Lesley Ferkins; Shannon Kerwin; Daniel Lock; Sally Shaw; Pamela Wicker
Elsevier BV
Business, Management and Accounting; Decision Sciences
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The purpose of this article is to add to the conceptual discussion on eSport, analyze the role of eSport within sport management, and suggest avenues for future eSport research. The authors suggest that debates surround the degree to which eSport represents formal sport, and disagreements likely stem from conceptualizations of sport and context. Irrespective of one’s notion of eSport as formal sport, the authors suggest the topic has a place in sport management scholarship and discourse. Such a position is consistent with the broad view of sport adopted by Sport Management Review, the perspective that eSport represents a form of sportification, and the association among eSport and various outcomes, including physical and psychological health, social well-being, sport consumption outcomes, and diversity and inclusion. Finally, the authors conclude that eSport scholarship can advance through the study of its governance, marketing, and management as well as by theorizing about eSport.