Gamers of the competitive esports computer game League of Legends showed no change in testosterone during game play, university researchers found.
The first-of-its-kind study, published this month in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, also showed null movement in the hormones DHEA, cortisol and androstenedione in saliva samples.
The samples were drawn from 26 male gamers on UNLV’s esports team, 8-Bit, who were contending versus fellow gamers or a computer system in games lasting 15 to 27 minutes.
“These gamers were dealing with familiar foes in a familiar environment. That is an essential reason that testosterone and other hormonal agents might not have changed. I would expect to see more action in regards to hormones in a competition environment versus unfamiliar competitors and with a large audience,” Gray stated.
The brand-new discovery accompanies the announcement that 8-Bit will be playing in the first ever Mountain West Esports occasion at UNLV in March. The MW eSports Showdown will be played in combination with the Mountain West Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Champions.
The event will include exhibits between UNLV’s 8-Bit group and Boise State University at the Thomas & & Mack Center, followed by the MW eSports Showdown Main Event at Cox Pavilion March 10.
The competition will feature 3 highly-popular esports video games: League of Legends, Rocket League and Overwatch.
Gray said the tournament may be a terrific thesis research project for a graduate or undergraduate UNLV student.
“We’re primed here at UNLV to study these impacts as esports is taking off and the university is prepared to be a research partner in this growing market locally, nationally, and globally,” the anthropology teacher said.
Inning accordance with the research study, “Salivary testosterone, cortisol, DHEA and androstenedione levels did not alter overall or between play against individuals vs. the computer system or with respect to winning or losing. However, play period (range 15 to 27 minutes) was favorably related to changes in DHEA, androstenedione and testosterone during play against people.”
The study did discover that whether video gaming against people or computer systems, levels of the hormonal agent aldosterone decreased.
Gray’s research is just one of the numerous methods UNLV is engaging the esports world.
UNLV has among the nation’s only academic programs combining the art, science, and company of esports. Students are developing ideas alongside magnate and scientists, they’re developing innovation that could become the next excellent start-up, and they’re learning from UNLV professionals who are helping to introduce a new wave in hospitality.
At UNLV’s International Gaming Institute (IGI), scientists are immersed in the nuances of the nascent market, driving best practices on esports and their crossway with the managed gaming industries, legal and regulative processes, video game advancement, and competitors facilities.
In 2017, UNLV’s IGI was important to the launch of the Nevada Esports Alliance, more positioning the state as a global esports center and UNLV as a research leader.