“World of Warcraft” Can Make You Better at Your Job

You weren’t imagining things. All of the teamwork it took to beat the next level of your childhood friend’s multi-player tabletop arcade games was good practice for the “real world” of everyday work. In fact, official studies now show that certain video game skills translate well to work life. In particular, playing “World of Warcraft” online can have positive repercussions for your career.

WoW’s Global Reach

You’re a “WoW” fan? You’re not alone. As of January 2014, over 100 million “World of Warcraft” accounts had been created over the lifetime of the game. The title is popular worldwide, and though online subscribers reached their peak at 12 million active monthly participants, numbers have dwindled in recent years. Still, over five million monthly subscribers is a large community.

Don’t Discount Gaming Skills

A study team at Missouri University of Science and Technology surveyed 288 active “World of Warcraft” players. They each worked at least 38 hours a week and played the game online for at least eight hours per week. The research focused on assessing each individual’s motivation, communication skills and personality traits.

Researchers found that active “WoW” gamers possess many of the characteristics required to work successfully both remotely and on a team. Their “technological readiness” helped them unlock achievements within the game and stay adaptable throughout the process. Actively practicing these skills during “World of Warcraft” play could help employees perform better in a work setting as well.

The Rise of Remote Work

According to global business leaders, virtual work is only going to rise in popularity, so the skills obtained, practiced and perfected while you play “World of Warcraft” will likely only increase in value. In 2014, 34 percent of business leaders at London’s Global Leadership Summit said that over half of their company’s staff would work remotely by 2020. That’s now only three years away.

If leaders want to find dedicated remote workers with the technological skills and virtual communication abilities needed to make a company succeed even though they’re outside of a traditional office, ask applicants what they do in their downtime. If they’re an online gamer with a penchant for “World of Warcraft,” they may be a good fit for the position!