Massively multiplayer online games, also known as MMOs, provide a uniquely interactive gaming experience. Not only are they a blast to play, but you can also hone some of your business skills while venturing through the depths of virtual dungeons. If that sounds crazy, read on to see what I’m talking about!
Time Is Money, Friend
Time management is an important skill. Succeeding in business requires you to use your time as efficiently as possible, and it also requires you to train your employees to do the same. At the inner core of any MMO is the need for players to maximize their efficient use of time, not limited to but including: picking abilities, determining a good attack rotation, picking farming routes, power leveling, and dividing up one’s in-game time among all the different activities a MMO has to offer.
Managing Your Assets
Trading is a major component of MMOs. Buying and selling goods from other players requires you to learn a little bit about the in-game economy. Pricing items on an auction house, crafting items to resell, and finding items to flip at a profit are also skills that are of great importance when trading real goods on eBay or Amazon.
Leading a guild or raid team requires people skills, just like managing employees. Delegating responsibilities, scheduling events, recruiting, disciplining uncooperative members, and loot decisions all have real life applications in a company.
Focusing on Improvement
Progressing in a MMO requires periodic self-evaluation in order to optimize damage output, survivability, wealth building, and the greater interest of a guild. With some practice, the goal of constantly working to improve one’s in-game character can be applied to your career and the company you work at.
It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know
To grow a business, you must do lots of networking. Constant development of your network of contacts is a boon to increasing your client base. In a MMO it also helps to network. Maintaining relationships with crafters, raid leaders, tanks and healers are all examples of this.