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A Study Found That World Of Warcraft Skills Can Translate to Workplace

A Study Found That World Of Warcraft Skills Can Translate to Workplace

Posted time: Apr 25,2017

A new study has found that if you are a leader from the pack and have no issues telling your WoW raid team what’s what, then you could be an increasingly desirable applicate for IT jobs.

Study finds World Of Warcraft skills translate to the workplace


A study by a researcher at Missouri University of Science and Technology (via USA Today) found that some World of Warcraft players are often unable to translate their in-game skills into a virtual work environment.

Specifically, the players who were successfully raid teams tend to have the qualities that match what some psychological studies show to be desirable traits for employers.

Those traits are considered to be the “Big Five” by psychologists: extraversion, agreeableness, openness, conscientiousness and neuroticism.

Put in the ability to communicate efficiently and effectively through the internet — and be technologically ready — and you’re actually far more desirable than your buzzkill, game-hating parents think you are.

There was a survey for the WoW players that averaged eight hours a week and worked 38 hours a week. They answered 140 questions about motivation, communication skills, preferences for teamwork, and personality.

About 288 Warlords of Draenor players were surveyed, with answers compared to their in-game statistics.

Elizabeth Short, a graduate student in industrial/organizational psychology stated about the survey: “What we wanted to look at was virtual teamwork and what kind of characteristics a person had in-game that would translate to real life and the workplace.” 

Short said there was a small "statistically significant" correlation between the achievements of WoW Group and the traits of players.

Interestingly, technology readiness was the strongest correlation.

“The more technologically ready you are, the more resilient around technology you are, the more adaptable you are, the more achievement points you have (in WoW). You could translate that,” she says. “The more achievements you have in game, the more technology savvy you are in real life. And that’s a good thing, especially in virtual communication teams and workplaces.”

Short plans to show up her research and findings at the 32nd Annual Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference in Orlando at the end of April.

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