Behavioral Profiling in Games: An overview

The game industry has access to detailed data about how players are interacting with games.  The data can come from a variety of channels are often high-dimensional, time-dependent and potentially very large. Profiling users has emerged across multiple data science application areas as a way of managing complex user data, and to discover underlying patterns in the…

How long will you keep playing? The game knows

We have a tendency to consider ourselves unique and unpredictable, but digital games research shows that this is far from the case. In fact, we can be categorised into groups of people who show the same behaviours, and what we do in the future is imminently predictable. For example, how you play a game will reveal what you are likely…

The case for data in esports

In the latest issue of Develop, we discuss the use of data and analytics in esports: Whenever you play a game of DoTA 2, League of Legends or any other esports game, your behaviour and that of your teammates is recorded in great detail. The data is stored in replay files and made accessible online, providing us with…

ESL and DC Labs, University of York, announcing partnership on esports teaching and research

Esports is the playing of computer games in a competitive environment, whether at the amateur or professional level. In recent years esports has become a global phenomenon and  has gained immense momentum, outcompeting many traditional sports in terms of the number of practitioners, prize pools and even viewership – and is a potential future Olympic…

Playing with Friends in Destiny

Social connections are important to the experience of many online games, and this is also the case in Destiny. We wanted to understand the value of social relationships in Destiny specifically to competitive play, and towards this analyzed close to one million Crucible matches across 3.5 million players. We found that strong social relationships are…

Guns and Guardians: Playstyles in Destiny

Given a huge and varied game like Destiny, it is of interest to see if there are any patterns in how people play the game. There can be a variety of reasons for this – for developers the focus can be on monitoring the players and checking no group emerges that has issues progressing, gaining…