Testing the relationships among involvement, sponsorship perceived fit and intention to purchase sponsors’ products: The case of esports tournament viewers

POLYAKOVA, Olga, KARAGIORGOS, Thomas, ANAGNOSTOPOULOS, Christos and ALEXANDRIS, Kostas (2024). Testing the relationships among involvement, sponsorship perceived fit and intention to purchase sponsors’ products: The case of esports tournament viewers. International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship.

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Purpose: Despite fast developments in esports sponsorship, limited research exists in the area of sponsorship evaluation in the esports context. The purpose of the present study was to test the relationships among esports involvement, sponsorship perceived fit, and viewers’ intention to buy the sponsor’s products, and examine the degree to which perceived fit mediates the relationship between the involvement dimensions and intention. Design/methodology/approach: The study draws on the theoretical model of sponsorship effects proposed by Wakefield et al. (2020) and obtained quantitative data from sampling esports viewers (n=285). Statistical analysis was carried out in three steps. Beyond the descriptive statistics, confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was conducted to assess the goodness of fit of the measurement model. The mediation analysis was performed at the end of the study. Findings: The results supported the impact of one of the esports involvement dimensions (i.e., self-expression) on both perceived fit and esports viewers’ intentions to buy sponsors’ products. Involvement (self-expression) was found to have both direct and indirect relationships, through perceived fit, on purchase intentions. The study provided support for the associations among esports involvement dimensions, sponsorship perceived fit and purchase intentions. Originality/value: It is the first study to test a sponsorship evaluation model in the context of esports users. It does so by including a more detailed measurement of involvement (with threedimensions) in the hypothesized model. Practical implications: The practitioners should first consider the involvement profile of esports viewers. The more involved viewers will be more likely to have positive perceptions about the fit between the esports tournament and the sponsor.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Publication date on landing page 20 June 2024, available online 18 June 2024.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 11 Medical and Health Sciences; 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services; 16 Studies in Human Society; 3506 Marketing
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSMS-12-2023-0246
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2024 08:51
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2024 16:04
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33777

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