THE ANALYSIS OF PURPOSES IN USING ABBREVIATION FOR COMMUNICATION AMONG GAMERS IN VALORANT GAME
Valorant is a team-based first-person shooter game for PC developed and published by Riot Games. Valorant is a very intense with a very fast game phase, so winning it requires good teamwork. The use of abbreviations is one effective way to help gamers communicate with their teammate faster. This study aims to investigate the abbreviations that are used in the Valorant game and the purposes of using abbreviations in communication among Valorant gamers. This study used the descriptive qualitative method. The sampling technique was purposive sampling method with 10 informants. The subjects of the research involve ten people aged 19-40 years old who have reached above level 100 in the game. The data collection method are interviews and observation. Data analysis techniques apply the stages of data reduction, data display, and conclusion. The results show that there are five types of abbreviations that are popular among the gamer, namely clipping, initialism, blend, acronym, and contraction. Using abbreviation is very time efficient for both sender and receiver so gamers can focus on their game. Gamers benefit by knowing the abbreviations that can help them communicate in the game.