Unraveling E-Sports Team Tactical Recipes: A Configurational Perspective

Jiantao Zhu, Chenyang Xue, Quanchen Liu, Chee-Wee Tan

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Research on e-Sports teams is gaining momentum. Yet, despite a small but growing body of work that investigates how team formation affects performance in e-Sports, the bulk of extant literature has primarily accentuated the effects of individualized factors on team performance while neglecting the nature of e-sports competition as a causally complex phenomenon. Consistent with the configurational view, we advance a research model that seeks to unveil how different types of team composition in conjunction with teams’ tactical implementation together to impact eventual outcomes. Contextualizing extant literature on team composition to e-sports setting, we delineate team composition into four types (i.e., individual offensive, collective offensive, individual defensive, and collective defensive composition) and divide tactical implementation into three dimensions (i.e., specialization, isolation, and advancing speed). To empirically validate our hypothesized relationships, we employed fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) to analyze data gathered for a popular Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 42nd International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)
EditorsAnitesh Barua, Ryan Wright, Atreyi Kankanhalli, Xitong Li, Shaila Miranda
Number of pages9
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publication date2021
Article number2108
ISBN (Electronic)9781733632591
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventThe 42nd International Conference on Information Systems: ICIS 2021: Building Sustainability and Resilience With is: A Call for Action - Austin, United States
Duration: 12 Dec 202115 Dec 2021
Conference number: 42


ConferenceThe 42nd International Conference on Information Systems: ICIS 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Internet address
SeriesProceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems

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