Will virtual gaming replace office banter?

Will virtual gaming replace office banter?

Last Friday afternoon, Team eSuite did virtual drinks, and Movie Quotes Trivia. Spoiler alert: I won. 🏆  (Probably shouldn’t be something I should be proud of – too much Netflix.)

And while it wasn’t the in-person office banter, long lunch or sneaky pub beer we would love to have in person, it was pretty good. We used Kahoot to facilitate it and even our most technically challenged directors team members managed to navigate it and have fun. 

It made us think, will casual online games replace informal office interactions if we get stuck in an online world? 

Hear me out… 

  • Last week Shopify introduced Shopify Party for their team to encourage free play between their teams using virtual race tracks, jet skis and hiking trails
  • There’s an explosion of Slack plugs-ins like this Tic-Tac-Toe extension which allows teams to jump into a bit of a casual workplace challenge 
  • Start-ups like Rambly and Gather creates virtual worlds to represent the “walk and talk” culture rather than the stuck in Zoom fatigue many are experiencing
  • One digital agency in the US even used virtual reality to host their Christmas party last year. Too far? 

What do you reckon? Is it just forcing fun, or are games the team connector we need with remote work? Honest answers only, please. 

For the record, our next trivia topic is Top Songs From 1998. They’re my prime years, and I’m all here for it.

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Nathan Bush
Nathan is a director at eSuite. He is an eCommerce strategist who has operated in the retail trenches as well as being a consultant and agency partner. Nathan has been named Top 50 People in eCommerce four years in a row and hosts the Add To Cart podcast.
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