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…

Want to do a PhD in Game Analytics?

Game Analytics as a professional discipline is focused on collecting and analyzing data towards enabling us to make decisions based on data in game development. The goal is to support us in making decisions about the production of games, the design of games, how to best serve our players, improve the user experience, decide between…

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…

Game Analytics Workshop: Call For Contributions

GAME ANALYTICS WORKSHOP: CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS The first Game Analytics Workshop will be held in conjunction with AIIDE 2016 in San Francisco, California, October 8th. Workshop website: https://aiideanalytics2016.wordpress.com/ The analysis of player behavior is an old stable in the design, development and research of games and the people who play them, but in recent years the…

Esports Analytics

Esports is computer games played in a competitive environment. As for any other type of sports competition, players and teams seek to improve their behavior to optimize their results. Thus, esports analytics is a new area identifying successful strategies and evaluating game play for computer games. Besides helping the players, esports analytics is also directed…