We-intention to continue playing mobile multiplayer games : the role of social play habit

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1153-1176
Journal / PublicationInternet Research
Issue number4
Online published19 Feb 2021
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2021


Purpose - The purpose of this study is to develop and test a theoretical model that accounts for an individual's we-intention to continue playing a mobile multiplayer game. 
Design/methodology/approach - Drawing on habit-intention and habit formation theories, this study conceptualizes social play habit as a determinant of the we-intention to continue playing and identifies its antecedents. The proposed model was tested through a survey of 277 players of Honor of Kings, a popular mobile multiplayer game. 
Findings - The results indicate that developing social play habit is critical to the formation of a we-intention to continue playing in the context of mobile multiplayer games. The results also suggest that technological (social features embedded in the game) and individual (desire for co-play and privacy concerns) factors jointly influence social play habit. 
Research limitations/implications - This study contributes to the literature on we-intention by conceptualizing social play habit and verifying its role in facilitating a shared intention to continue playing mobile multiplayer games. Our work responds to the call for understanding the mechanism by which multiple people form a shared intention to continue using an information technology at a collective level. Our findings provide significant insights into the design of information technologies for collaboration. 
Originality/value - This study is among the first to extend the literature on gaming habits by considering other players' involvement. Specifically, our study shifts researchers' attention from gaming habits characterized by individual properties to social gaming habits characterized by communal properties.

Research Area(s)

  • Habit formation theory, Mobile multiplayer game, Social play habit, We-intention