The DotA Experiment Mission Statement

To the members of the DotA community,

I am running a deep and complex study on the DotA community. Without going into too much detail, I just want to explain a little about my research.

My formal research began about five years ago when I studied post-game emotion in players. At this point I was an amateur psychology student with a passion for understanding the competitive phenomenon that is Defense of the Ancients. I played DotA every day during that time (and still do) so I decided to start my own research.

Those statistics gave me power to move onto my following study about my first working hypothesis. I spent a lot of time learning about will-power, so that was my topic of choice. This was an observational study with a post-game question. I.E. “On a scale of 1-10, how confident do you feel?”

Today, I have over fifty pages of notes addressing different trends as well as three working hypotheses. So now I’m reaching out to the community to help me gather enough samples to put together a comprehensive community analysis. I hope that it will help answer many questions addressed by the community.

I have been reaching out to older community members to help me out and I greatly appreciate their insight. However, I am by no means done interviewing/learning. I do believe my questionnaire itself is now primed enough to be sent out to the public. If you would please take your time to fill it out I would greatly appreciate it. Every-single-sample means so much to me.

Anyway, the rest can be found on the questionnaire. It is complex and has to be. It’s like studying a planet.

Thank you so much.


The users involved in the development of this journal include 4saken.infinity, Gobab, Audacious, Budi, CvP, AGR, Sock Rats, Eosin, Kikoni, DragonFist, Kite, Doomsheep, Ghost, Lycan, LostENT, Meepwn, Supersheep, TheBloodseeker and Wyk.