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Impact of Social Systems and Game Design on Player Interactions (Presented by Fair Play Alliance)

Naomi McArthur  (Game Designer, Riot Games)

Kenny Shores  (Data Scientist, Riot Games)

Location: Room 153, South Hall

Date: Wednesday, March 20

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Topic: Design

Format: Sponsored Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Although important, punitive systems are only a small piece of how we can foster healthy player interactions. This segment examines ways to address or redress behaviour patterns and enhance player cohesion through systems and game design, and includes learnings from several companies. Wherever possible we will pull concrete examples from live games to illustrate key points. Topics include best practices for player-to-player interplay and communication (verbal and non verbal) as well as systems that foster stronger social cohesion in game and in the larger playerbase. We will also discuss known and potentially hidden factors for designers to consider when designing new games or assessing live games.


Attendees should leave with a deeper understanding of the factors underlying healthy and unhealthy player cohesion, as well as a list of concrete design tools to apply in their own games.

Intended Audience

Primary audience is designers, producers, and any developer with an interest in how player-to-player interactions impact the success of their multiplayer games and pragmatic design advice to this end.