Loyalty or profit? Early evolutionary dynamics of online game groups

Ah Reum Kang, Juyong Park, Huy Kang Kim

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Abstract

The life and evolution of a social group - its birth, growth, decline, and possible demise - have long been the focus of social science research. The birth and the early growth patterns of social groups, in particular, have been studied relatively little because of the lack of detailed data that describe the trajectories of groups during their early lives. In this paper, we report the major factors that govern the early dynamics of the evolution of social groups that are found in the complete data about user behaviors and activities for ArcheAge, a large-scale Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG). We find that in the early stages of a game where uncertainties prevail regarding the stability of a group, prospects for benefit are the more important factor in a group's growth than personal or social loyalty.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual Workshop on Network and Systems Support for Games
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Print)9781479929610
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 1
Event2013 12th Annual Workshop on Network and Systems Support for Games, NetGames 2013 - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: 2013 Dec 92013 Dec 10

Other

Other2013 12th Annual Workshop on Network and Systems Support for Games, NetGames 2013
CountryUnited States
CityDenver, CO
Period13/12/913/12/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Kang, A. R., Park, J., & Kim, H. K. (2013). Loyalty or profit? Early evolutionary dynamics of online game groups. In Annual Workshop on Network and Systems Support for Games [6820602] IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/NetGames.2013.6820602