Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
School of Kinesiology and Recreation
In esports communities, "tilt" is a commonly used term that tends to describe a phenomenon generally associated with intense frustration and a subsequent deterioration in performance. Despite its common usage, to date, there has been surprisingly little exploration into the phenomenon within esports. Through semi-structured, phenomenologically-based interviews with four collegiate esports athletes, the present study aimed to explore player perceptions of the fundamental experiences of tilt. The abridged IPA revealed several insights into various aspects of tilt including common triggers, manifestations of, and responses to the phenomenon. Findings from this study may be used as the groundwork for future studies regarding tilt and esports athletes.
Falwell, Justin, "Exploring Tilt in Esports" (2023). Theses and Dissertations. 1740.