I've never participated so I can't say from an experienced point of view, but it seems obvious to me that the spirit is to enjoy and learn about these instruments as fans of computer music, software synthesizers and production techniques. This is something that can feel very isolated; so I believe the spirit of the competition is the same as a game of pub darts!
We're all drunk af and it's time to party.
I think the analogy might be lost on the majority of younger people so I'll try to spell it out more. It's a sensation of awe and appreciation at the people who score ahead of you. Some take it more seriously, some take it less. Everyone has the freedom to play the game the way they like best with whom they like best. Nobody minds when that bozo shows up with his laser-sighted dart, let alone the insane science-haired maniac with the robot that only throws bullseye after bullseye (that thing is sweet!)
It's a game purely for enjoyment, not competition. It's amazing to see the people who score highly and can even get into national or international competitions. It's a unique seemingly once-in-a-lifetime experience just being able to play in the same game or on the same board as them.
There's nothing wrong with being competitive or getting emotional about having lost when you'd thought you were better than you were. We're not fortune-telling gypsies peering into crystal balls, the future remains untold. For most I hope those experiences provide inspiration to grow.