Date

2015

Major

International Studies (B.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Darin H. Van Tassell

Abstract

There is a deafening roar as a point is scored. Millions of people from all over the world watch their teams with bated breaths. This is a scene that any sports fan might recognize. As the world is getting increasingly more globalized and interconnected technology is making it easier than ever to connect to one another across borders. In my research I will be looking at how the emerging medium of eSports is becoming a way for players all around the world to connect through a competition which is easily accessible to all. I will be focusing on an online game called League of Legends. In this paper I tell the story of six common league of Legends players. Their stories show that there are international relations through League of Legends, and that there is a “nation” that is created by the people who play this game.

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