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…

Player Profiling – with reading list

Reading list: see below. Report on behavioral profiling: accessible via emailing me (see contact pane) Slides from the IE Gaming Analytics Summit 2016: here. The game industry is facing a surge of data, which results from increasingly available highly detailed information about the behavior of software and software users. The data can come from a variety…

Game Analytics Events

In the past few years there have been a number of events that have targeted Game Analytics specifically as a professional domain, including conferences in San Francisco and London, e.g. the Game Analytics Forum (GABI). London has also been the host of a series of events courtesy of local companies. On the academic front we…

The Games User Research Book – Call for Contributions

This is a call for contributions to the Games User Research book. The goal of this community-driven book is to assist the game industry and academic with building and maturing current user research practices, via dissemination of knowledge from the people and companies who have already adopted these practices and to provide a reference point for…