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2022

Välisalo, Tanja; Ruotsalainen, Maria

“Sexuality Does Not Belong to the Game”: Discourses in Overwatch Community and the Privilege of Belonging

In: Game Studies: the international journal of computer game research, vol. 22, iss. 3, 2022, ISSN: 1604-7982.

Journal article Open access

Abstract | Links | Tags: Belonging, Discourse analysis, Homosexuality, MMO, Overwatch, Representation

Ruotsalainen, Maria; Törhönen, Maria; Karhulahti, Veli-Matti (Ed.)

Modes of Esports Engagement in Overwatch

Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, ISBN: 978-3030827663.

Book Open access

Abstract | Links | Tags: Digital culture, Digital media, Electronic sports, Game culture, Game development, Game studies, Overwatch

Ruotsalainen, Maria; Törhönen, Maria; Karhulahti, Veli-Matti

Introduction

In: Modes of Esports Engagement in Overwatch, pp. 1-7, Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, ISBN: 978-3-030-82766-3.

Book chapter Open access

Links | Tags: Digital culture, Digital media, Electronic sports, Game culture, Game development, Game studies, Overwatch

Vahlo, Jukka; Karhulahti, Veli-Matti

Two Overwatch Player Profiles

In: Ruotsalainen, Maria; Törhönen, Maria; Karhulahti, Veli-Matti (Ed.): Modes of Esports Engagement in Overwatch, pp. 11-30, Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, ISBN: 978-3-030-82766-3.

Book chapter Open access

Abstract | Links | Tags: Electronic sports, Overwatch, Player profiles

Blom, Joleen

The Player’s Interpretative Agency and the Developer’s Disruptive Powers: How Blizzard Enforces Authorial Intention in Overwatch

In: Ruotsalainen, Maria; Törhönen, Maria; Karhulahti, Veli-Matti (Ed.): Modes of Esports Engagement in Overwatch, pp. 49-66, Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, ISBN: 978-3-030-82766-3.

Book chapter Open access

Abstract | Links | Tags: Author, Game characters, Implied player, Overwatch, Participatory culture, Reader-response criticism, Transmedia

Välisalo, Tanja; Ruotsalainen, Maria

Player Reception of Change and Stability in Character Mechanics

In: Ruotsalainen, Maria; Törhönen, Maria; Karhulahti, Veli-Matti (Ed.): Modes of Esports Engagement in Overwatch, pp. 67-86, Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, ISBN: 978-3-030-82766-3.

Book chapter Open access

Abstract | Links | Tags: Close reading, Game characters, Overwatch, Transmedia

Macey, Joseph; Bujić, Mila

The Talk of the Town: Community Perspectives on Loot Boxes

In: Ruotsalainen, Maria; Törhönen, Maria; Karhulahti, Veli-Matti (Ed.): Modes of Esports Engagement in Overwatch, pp. 199-223, Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, ISBN: 978-3-030-82766-3.

Book chapter Open access

Abstract | Links | Tags: Content analysis, Convergence, Gambling, Legal, Loot boxes, Overwatch

Siitonen, Marko; Ruotsalainen, Maria

“KKona where’s your sense of patriotism?”: Positioning Nationality in the Spectatorship of Competitive Overwatch Play

In: Ruotsalainen, Maria; Törhönen, Maria; Karhulahti, Veli-Matti (Ed.): Modes of Esports Engagement in Overwatch, pp. 89-112, Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, ISBN: 978-3-030-82766-3.

Book chapter Open access

Abstract | Links | Tags: Discourse analysis, Nationalism, Overwatch, Overwatch World Cup, Positioning, Spectatorship

Friman, Usva; Ruotsalainen, Maria

Gender and Toxic Meritocracy in Competitive Overwatch: Case “Ellie”

In: Ruotsalainen, Maria; Törhönen, Maria; Karhulahti, Veli-Matti (Ed.): Modes of Esports Engagement in Overwatch, pp. 135-154, Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, ISBN: 978-3-030-82766-3.

Book chapter Open access

Abstract | Links | Tags: Community, Competitive gaming, Gender, Overwatch, Toxic meritocracy, Women

Apperley, Thomas H.

Overwatch to Oversnatch: The Mutually Reinforcing Gendered Power Relations of Pornography, Streaming, and Esports

In: Ruotsalainen, Maria; Törhönen, Maria; Karhulahti, Veli-Matti (Ed.): Modes of Esports Engagement in Overwatch, pp. 179-197, Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, ISBN: 978-3-030-82766-3.

Book chapter Open access

Abstract | Links | Tags: Gender, Misogyny, NSFW, Overwatch, Pornification, Sexuality

2021

Välisalo, Tanja; Ruotsalainen, Maria

Esports Fandom in the Age of Transmedia: The Reception of the Overwatch League

In: Eracle: Journal of Sport and Social Sciences, vol. 4, iss. 1, no. 11-35, 2021, ISSN: 2611-6693.

Journal article Open access

Abstract | Links | Tags: Esports audiences, Fan studies, Overwatch, Thematic analysis, Transmedia

2020

Ruotsalainen, Maria; Välisalo, Tanja

"Overwatch Is Anime": Exploring an Alternative Interpretational Framework for Competitive Gaming

In: DiGRA '20 : Proceedings of the 2020 DiGRA International Conference: Play Everywhere, DiGRA, 2020, ISSN: 2342-9666.

In proceedings Open access

Abstract | Links | Tags: Anime, Electronic sports, Elektroninen urheilu, Overwatch

Turtiainen, Riikka; Friman, Usva; Ruotsalainen, Maria

“Not Only for a Celebration of Competitive Overwatch but Also for National Pride”: Sportificating the Overwatch World Cup 2016

In: Games and Culture, vol. 15, iss. 4, pp. 351-371, 2020, ISBN: 1555-4120.

Journal article Open access

Abstract | Links | Tags: Broadcasting, Electronic sports, FIFA, Overwatch, Sportification

Ruotsalainen, Maria; Välisalo, Tanja

Researching Overwatch and the Benefits of Co-Research

In: Tampere University, 2020.

Publication for professional or general audience Open access

Links | Tags: Co-research, Overwatch

2019

Välisalo, Tanja; Ruotsalainen, Maria

"I Never Gave Up": Engagement with Playable Characters and Esports Players of Overwatch

In: FDG '19: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games, pp. 1-6, ACM, 2019, ISBN: 9781450372176.

In proceedings Open access

Abstract | Links | Tags: Electronic sports, Esports players, Fans, Game characters, Overwatch, Reader-response criticism

2018

Ruotsalainen, Maria; Friman, Usva

"There Are No Women and They All Play Mercy": Understanding and Explaining (the Lack of) Women’s Presence in Esports and Competitive Gaming

In: DiGRA Nordic '18: Proceedings of 2018 International DiGRA Nordic Conference, 2018.

In proceedings Open access

Abstract | Links | Tags: Electronic sports, Gender, Hegemonic geek mascunility, Overwatch, Toxic meritocracy