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Business - Written by on Sunday, January 11, 2009 21:47 - 46 Comments

When the success of the guild trumps the TPS

When the success of the guild trumps the TPS report

I came across an interesting article (props to Daniel Debow of Rypple) that goes against some of our research that asserts that gamers (specifically players of World of Warcraft) bring great value and advanced leadership into the workplace.

From the article:

“[The job recruiter] replied that employers specifically instruct him not to send them World of Warcraft players,” Tale wrote. Contary to the opinion that playing WoW teaches teamwork and leadership, these companies allegedly have a firm belief that “WoW players cannot give 100% because their focus is elsewhere, their sleeping patterns are often not great, etc.”

Our research shows that Gamers develop the following talent and skills that are leveraged in the workplace:

  • Quickly integrate onto remote, virtual teams and understand the importance of relying on team members for success
  • Use state of the art collaborative communication tools and learn to tailor communication style
  • Demonstrate adaptability and nimbleness in responding to quickly changing circumstances
  • Demonstrate willingness to take risks with a focus on creativity and innovation
  • Desire to be measured and held accountable; seek transparency
  • Use technology to make data-based decisions

Wikinomics readers, what is your experience? Is the value of gamers greater than the liabilities?



46 Comments

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Richard Smith
Jan 11, 2009 23:53

Not surprisingly, it’s a little bit of both. Sure, gamers have those skills. But they use them in the game, not the workplace. Not that they *can’t* transfer them, but a) they don’t know how to transfer them, b) not all game skills have analogues in the real world, and c) (and worst of all), they are distracted and exhausted from playing so much.

Hancometh (WOW)
Jan 12, 2009 18:43

Interesting.. I have been gaming for the past 1 month and its so true… I started gaming just to check what all the noise was about and was/am amazed at the lessons I have learnt. Gaming certainly helps you hone your skills be it leadership,teamwork etc. Try forming a sizeable raid group and having the members focussed on the reaching the enemy territory. ;) ..The benefits are plentiful but it is very important to maintain a balance cause gaming can be very time consuming and does affect your daily routine if left unchecked. I work in IT management, run my own homebased business and try gamin in my sparetime.. Gaming has affected my productivity but i guess the key is discipline.. Also, like was mentioned earlier the skills need to & can be transferred to the workplace..

Angela
Jan 12, 2009 19:23

Richard has some great points. Also, gamers love the thrill of the game, which is why they spend so much time at it. Work is just….work, for most people. Even if they could transfer the skills, subconsciously, they’d probably rather be playing the game. That means they might not use the same focus on their work as they do on the game.

Tim
Jan 13, 2009 19:05

I think it depends on the work environment. I can imagine, after observing my son play WoW over the years, that full concentration required for a game might not be transferable to any task or job. What goes on in WoW often stays in WoW, I think. He can stop playing for school and for more fun things to do with friends, but is also likely to be completely absorbed while playing. OT: One lesson I hear from him: it is a pretty rigorous system for picking guild or team members: produce / perform or you will not get picked.

Mike Dover
Jan 14, 2009 9:54

Thanks for the comments. BTW, this research is ongoing. If any of the commenters have interest in being interviewed for the program, pls send me an email at:

mdover(at)ngenera(dot)com

Frank Ferlaino
Feb 22, 2009 13:54

Interesting article. It seems video games aren’t teaching us only negative things. Then again, this may depend on the type of game. Strategy games such as warcraft and starcraft may provide more beneficial teachings than that of those horrible, pointless hack and slash games.

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Mar 7, 2009 2:41

The benefits are plentiful but it is very important to maintain a balance cause gaming can be very time consuming and does affect your daily routine if left unchecked. I work in IT management, run my own homebased business and try gamin in my sparetime.
Thats a great one. Enjoyed reading it thanks.
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Jennifer Hayden
Jul 25, 2009 7:51

I think it depends on the work environment.

Atlanta Business Wealth Network
Jul 28, 2009 16:28

I would say it depends on the person. Most everyone has talents that they either use effectively to better their lives, add value to the marketplace, or improve the world in some way or that they underutilize, misapply or squander.

It all boils down to the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality, work time from play time, etc.

licitatii online
Aug 1, 2009 18:31

work environement is very important.

Henderson NV
Aug 1, 2009 22:47

Totally depends on the type of job.

arq65
Aug 16, 2009 9:59

I can see the reason for this, and it is specific to games which require a huge time commitment from the player such as Wow or everquest. I know a friend who personally was having work issues and their firing was in part due to them coming in late because of late night online gaming sessions.

Electronics
Aug 20, 2009 23:35

I agree, gamers spent huge amount of time to become really good at particular game. But some might think it is a waste of time.

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Pragyesh
Aug 21, 2009 7:10

Strategic games certainly do helps ppl to relax and sharpen their mind at the same time, and this scientifically proved, and WoW is a great game :) to have after working 10 hours in a cubicle but I can’t say the same about CS and similar games

TEK Smif-N-Wessun
Sep 19, 2009 16:16

Honestly, we were just talking about the possibilities of incorporating WoW into the classroom. While it is slightly different than your question about benefits vs. liabiities in the work environment, it is somewhat related. I actually like the idea of incorporating games like this in the educational environment, and I do feel that the benefits outweigh the negatives in the work environment. These players become leaders, and know how to work successfully in groups, specifically at the virtual level, which is critical in today’s booming digital age. I think its better to hire a WoW player than someone that goes home to play Madden 4 hours or goes out and drinks themselves to sleep.

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Darren
Oct 7, 2009 13:24

I’ve recently started playing AOC and can understand where they are coming from in some aspects. Since I started playing I’m going to bed later I intend to sit down for an hour and it turns into 3..

steve
Oct 26, 2009 12:04

I don’t think that people will likely put the same amount of focus on work compared to a game. There’s just a mental block between work and playing a game to escape. Maybe it’s just me.

thomas
Oct 27, 2009 12:48

This is very true! Most gamers I know have eztraordinary hand-eye coordination as well as general cognitive ability.

Rukki Odds
Nov 1, 2009 10:10

It might be true. If someone spends much time on doing something – he improve many skills, not only the reflex in clicking the mouse :)

Lee Berke
Nov 20, 2009 23:34

I can see the reason for this, and it is specific to games which require a huge time commitment from the player such as Wow or everquest. I know a friend who personally was having work issues and their firing was in part due to them coming in late because of late night online gaming sessions.

Reise Abenteuer
Nov 23, 2009 4:32

I agree, gamers spent huge amount of time to become really good at particular game. But some might think it is a waste of time.

Thanks Boris

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Nov 28, 2009 2:54

Yes, it is right, Richard give us some good points on this point.

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Nov 29, 2009 15:33

I have always thought that playing video games helps strengthen some mental aspects including coordination. Some games require strategic planning also. Think about some of the video games they have for young children these days. Most of them are geared towards learning things like how to read or write or do math. That’s just my opinion though.

Partnerhoroskope
Dec 3, 2009 4:47

Richard has some great points. I know a friend who personally was having work issues and their firing was in part due to them coming in late because of late night online gaming sessions.

Dominic
Dec 3, 2009 16:35

I think that you are best off working by yourself if people in your team have less ability than you. If you are a big company fine delegate, but not unless you have to.

Mark
Dec 6, 2009 21:56

I think the pros outweigh the cons – gamers are usually excellent problem solvers as they get so much practice using these skills. What company wouldn’t want great problem solvers working for them?

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Jan 17, 2010 23:20

Richard has some great points. Also, gamers love the thrill of the game, which is why they spend so much time at it. Work is just….work, for most people. Even if they could transfer the skills, subconsciously, they’d probably rather be playing the game. That means they might not use the same focus on their work as they do on the game.

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Feb 9, 2010 20:31

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Bijuterii ieftine
Feb 19, 2010 13:01

Is the value of gamers greater than the liabilities?
Sincerely? Not really. I had a friend who lost his job and family because of his games addiction so I’m not taking this very lightly…

Ecover
Mar 4, 2010 3:40

Those who had never played a MPOG against another team would never understood the need to work as team to win a game, on the other hand one must not under estimate the damage it bring along with over addiction to gaming.

Alice havelock
Mar 10, 2010 4:53

Hi Friends H r u? I hope all is well…This is very true! Most gamers I know have eztraordinary hand-eye coordination as well as general cognitive ability.

Computer Repair
Mar 28, 2010 15:24

New the 10,000 hours I put into video games I played in collage would help. lol

ample
Apr 4, 2010 0:13

Recently there is news a Korean couple played games that they forgot to feed their infant that they left at home. Its a pity.

Honestly, I think its not the game but the individual themselves is to be blamed for any negative consequences. Playing game for fun would certainly have greater value than liabilities.

2 day diet
Apr 12, 2010 8:54

These are some great points. I tend to agree that WoW wouldn’t be good employees for the reasons listed int the above post.

Homemade Generator
May 7, 2010 22:13

I think Gamers add more creativeness in to the workplace.

Sam

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May 15, 2010 11:26

That is true, while some gamers are very interested in become the best player in a particular game, others just like to taste the games and dont even bother to succeed in them.

Deutschland Trikot
May 21, 2010 14:31

Without any surprise, I think that gamers have both skill but they dont use them on the workplace for different reasons. One reason could be that they are so focused that dont pay attention to this.

Karen
May 25, 2010 4:21

I thought gamers are just gamers til I become one. I been gaming for 2 years now, MMORPG specifically, and I truly understood that it’s not only the game itself that you would love but the people you are playing with. There are lots of things that you can learn from it, especially working as a team.

Jane
Jul 1, 2010 8:24

“gamers (specifically players of World of Warcraft) bring great value and advanced leadership into the workplace.”

Are we serious people?

joan
Jul 23, 2010 6:22

Hahah i also think that world of warcraft does not bring any leadership to the workplace, it is a game people!

flower usa
Aug 12, 2010 5:02

Since I started playing I’m going to bed later I intend to sit down for an hour and it turns into 3 or more… bad bad bad

Seventh-day Adventist
Aug 18, 2010 13:23

Excellent article, thanks!

psychicjim
Aug 19, 2010 10:24

I like some of Richard’s opinions, and gamers love playing for hours on end, it is like a gamers addiction, they love it so much. In contrast work is disliked by many.

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Oct 18, 2010 10:55

It’s true that a lot of gamers are used to be challenged to think more creatively when solving puzzle or games. They are a very valuable addition in any team.

Colin
Oct 22, 2010 14:36

I think this is correct but not just for the reasons stated. Gamers I believe are generally loners who stand or fall by their own efforts and prefer it that way. Combine this with a very focussed approach to the exclusion of what is generally considered as social activity also results tiredness and fatigue. All these characteristics mean that gamers are better not selected for work which requires teamwork and integration!

Jason
Nov 8, 2010 1:38

I am a gamer, hire me!

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