Value transformation in the lets play gaming sub-culture

Date

2018

Advisors

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

2394-9643

Volume Title

Publisher

Sage

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Let’s play is a globally significant phenomenon in creative online content generation that has evolved from gaming culture. Little is understood about the behavior and motivations of community participants to generate creative content or the values they associate with their creative work. This research explores the processes let’s play players engage in to transform and extract value from content generation, and the roles of firms in its development. Drawing on Bourdieu’s (1989) frames of capital, this research identifies four types of value (social, cultural, economic and symbolic) and examines the processes for content creation and sharing. Findings identify a complex interplay between the forms of value together with the paramount aim of creating symbolic value for delayed economic gain. This has implications for how firms involved in developing partnership propositions (such as platforms, game asset producers, games publishers) develop and extract future economic value.

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Keywords

value transformation, cultural capital, netnography, Let's Play

Citation

Harwood, T., Boomer, J., Garry, T. (2018) Value transformation in the ‘let’s play’ gaming sub-culture, Journal of Creating Value,

Rights

Research Institute

Institute of Creative Technologies (IOCT)