Supporting a national team during the Overwatch World Cup: three confessional tales

Jonathan James Brain, Alessandro Quartiroli, Chris Wagstaff

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There is currently a lack of understanding of how Sport Psychology Practitioners navigate the nuances of working within the esports domain in the applied sport psychology literature. Therefore, the current case study provides three confessional tales, which aim to outline the unique experiences of two sport and exercise psychologists in training working with a national Overwatch esports team during the World Cup preparation period. We first provide contextual elements of the World Cup format, the roster, the team’s needs, and the programme of work. In the form of confessional tales, we share a series of critical reflections concerning the challenges and nuances we experienced, specifically: (a) the limited time afforded to deliver our services; (b) the misalignment in values experienced with the players and staff in the organisation; and (c) working without visual cues with the members of the team. We conclude this case study by providing a series of recommendations for practitioners seeking to work with elite esports teams preparing for high-level competitions while delivering ethical and effective services.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Sport Psychology in Action
Publication statusAccepted for publication - 30 Jan 2024


  • Context-driven Practice
  • Esport Psychology
  • Online Service Delivery
  • Shared Values
  • Sport and Exercise Psychologist in Training

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