Transactions on Computational Science XXVI

Volume 9550 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 142-160


The Influences of Online Gaming on Leadership Development

  • Tinnawat NuangjumnongAffiliated withGraduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University Email author 

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This study seeks to identify the effects gameplay has on leadership behaviors and establish how video games can be use as a didactic tool for leadership development. The leadership behaviors, present in both multiplayer online battle arena games (MOBA) and the real world, are identified. A self-report questionnaire that categorizes respondents’ game roles (carry, support, ganker) and real-world leadership styles (autocratic, democratic, laissez-faire) was conducted. Through contingency leadership theory, this study found that the continuous practice of specific game roles in MOBAs facilitates development of real-world leadership styles. Effects of gameplay on leadership behaviors were estimated using propensity score matching and doubly robust estimation. The empirical analyzes revealed that game players who predominantly play a specific role in games exhibit stronger real-world behaviors of the corresponding leadership style. This study concludes that playing video games helps improve leadership skills and leadership style development.


Leadership style Game role Behavior Online game Multiplayer online battle arena MOBA