iNews: How self-determination theory could explain gamers’ strong connection with FortniteDecember 2, 2020 by Lemos Kelly

June 26 2018 // by Andrew James Reid

On iNews, Reid explains how video games can create connection and motivate players to engage at the expense of other things such as work or school. He analyzes if reality is broken, the Fortnite Phenomenon, and how to motivate players.

One of the most significant developments in understanding motivation, particularly in relation to online gaming, is self-determination theory (SDT), developed initially in the 1970s by Edward Deci and Richard Ryan. This theory has been applied to games, but also to industries such as education, business and sport as a means of understanding what encourages people to act and behave in particular ways. Three key characteristics of motivation – autonomy, mastery and purpose – may help to explain why players of Fortnite are motivated and not addicted.