Majority of the gamers favour their gaming alter-ego to their real-life identity

Majority of the gamers favour their gaming alter-ego to their real-life identity

Lenovo has partnered with renowned Marvel comic artist and game designer, Salva Espín, to design five Lenovo Legion ‘Second Skin’ stickers, inspired by new research that revealed that over half (52%) of gamers identify with their online alter-ego more than their real-life identity.

Salva Espín is a comic artist and game designer, known for his work with Marvel on characters like Deadpool, She-Hulk, X-Men, and Wolverine, to create a series of ‘Second Skin’ stickers.

Salva Espín has commented, “It has been amazing to be part of this project, which has allowed me to indulge in all my passions design, gaming, and technology. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole creative process, working closely with the Lenovo team to shape the five designs that best illustrate the survey results. I’ve already customized my Lenovo Legion 7 with the sticker that represents the duality between my professional self and my gaming alter ego, and I can’t wait to see how these designs will become part of thousands of people’s laptops!”

The stickers are a juxtaposition of what life would look like if we were to embrace our online authentic selves all the time. From a Mage on a coffee run to a knight checking their medical inventory, these stickers are designed to encourage gamers to embrace their alter egos, no matter what their skin.

Alberto Spinelli, Chief Marketing Officer, Lenovo EMEA, said “We’ve had a lot of fun working with Salva on the Second Skin campaign. As a brand that’s always been passionate about supporting gamers to do incredible things – when gaming and in life – it’s our ambition that the Second Skin stickers encourage our community to be their authentic self, whether at work or mid-battle royal. Laptop stickers are an expression of our personality and in these designs, Salva has managed to capture the collision of both worlds brilliantly. We hope they spread as much joy as they’ve brought us.”

Christian Dotzauer, EMEA Marketing Lead, AMD, comments “This research points to an important truth about the role of gaming experiences in many peoples’ lives as a source of fun, rich social connection, and true self-expression. The communities that form around games and gaming experiences are unlike any other, and we’re delighted to collaborate with Lenovo to celebrate gamers bringing their true selves to other aspects of their lives through Savage Stickers.”

The final sticker will be left to the Lenovo Legion Gaming Community to create. Anyone can submit their own dual persona sketch, simply by replying to the Community thread and uploading their artwork. The deadline for submissions will be 26th January 2023, at which point, Salva will personally select his favourite before working with the winner to turn the concept into the final Second Skin design.

The other key findings of the research conducted by Lenovo also revealed that gamers feel their most authentic self when gaming at home (58%), followed by socialising with friends and family (52%) and participating in other personal hobbies and interests (46%).

With nearly 60% of gamers choosing to keep their gaming life until after work, findings revealed that certain professions feel their most authentic when playing specific genres of games. According to Lenovo’s research study, clerical workers (44%), medical & healthcare workers (42%), financial workers (38%) and science workers (40%) for example, feel their most authentic self when playing strategic games. Whereas those working in the computer sector feel most authentic playing RPGs (45%) with creatives (40%) opting for role playing games.

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