WoW Players Are The Ideal Employee, According to Researcher

Researcher John Seely Brown, who specializes in researching organizational structures, has explained why he believes World of Warcraft players are the ideal employees for corporate structures in a recent video for knowledge forum Big Think.

Brown claims that he “would rather hire a high-level World of Warcraft player than an MBA from Harvard,” pointing to a lack of a traditional bonus-based structure within guilds as one of the successes of the game — the fact that guild members are incentivized to play purely out of a passion for the game. He goes on to posit that the political structure of WoW guilds is another success, stating:

“These guilds are truly meritocracy-based. So even if you were the leader of this particular high-end raid, at the end you do an after action review and the after action review each person is open to total criticism by everybody else.”

I have no credentials in this field of study, but it strikes me as odd to assume that a WoW player would apply the same level of passion to a 9-5 job that he applies to a form of addicting, escapist entertainment.

via Polygon

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4 Comments on WoW Players Are The Ideal Employee, According to Researcher


On January 3, 2013 at 3:05 pm

What about Eve players?


On January 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm

I guarantee that Mr. Brown plays WoW and has never played Eve.


On January 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Eh, it’s just that highly intelligent people playing MMO’s will play….. a lot more intelligently than the rest of the population. They tend to congregate into guilds with a lot of intelligent and creative players, and they come up with some pretty innovative structures and approaches, and since they are all pretty intelligent, they indeed are more strictly merit based.

That doesn’t mean an MMO player makes an ideal employee.

Though perhaps an outside the box thinking would look at the structures of MMO guilds and the type of mindset they have, why the ones that work work, etc.


On January 4, 2013 at 10:21 am

lol sure an addicted to a video game play is a good worker… the sort of player that call sick cuz he wanna play WoW…… u call that a good employee ?