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Does gaming help your business skills?

Discover the benefits of gaming and how it can help you improve your business skills.

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by Contributing Author

Gaming has been blamed for young people not concentrating, forming meaningful relationships, and not learning anything new. But this could not be further from the truth. Many studies and personal accounts from gamers have shown how gaming has improved many of their skills, helped with anxiety, aided in gaining new friends, and more. But does gaming help you in business? Simple answer, yes, gaming can help you in just about anything. We’ve looked at some ways in which gaming can help your business; check them out below.

The benefits of gaming
We must understand the benefits of gaming before we understand how it can be beneficial in business. While many use gaming for pure entertainment and to decompress after a long day or week, gaming also teaches you a range of skills that you can use to build and keep a business. Two fundamental aspects of gaming are losing and how you react to losing and gaining the knowledge and skills to avoid losing again. As a gamer, you are programmed to try and try again and change your strategy if it does not yield favorable results. Business owners can learn a lot from this. Gaming opens you up to many real-life problems and solutions, all in a digital space. Gaming skills can also improve your job, at least certain parts of it.

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With gaming also comes collaboration, especially in multiplayer games where cooperation is needed to succeed. Because multiplayer games require you to work in a team to achieve your goals, you will gain knowledge on collaboration, information dissemination, efficient communication, and even loyalty. All valuable tools are needed in any business. Now, we are not saying you must pick up your teenage son’s console and get to work, but rather find a game that works for you and that is in line with the business you are operating. There are so many genres to choose from; strategy, puzzle, adventure, horror, survival, motorsport, and more – there are even more genres on offer in 2022, with developers constantly innovating. Each genre will teach you something special, but the fundamentals will remain the same.

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Can I add gamer to my resume? Or use it in my business proposal?
This one depends on the type of job you are after; anything in tech and gaming, you could list gaming as a skill. And luckily, the world is moving in the direction where gaming is seen as a skill, or rather, a tool used to gain multiple skills. There is so much truth about skills you learn in gaming that can be applied in real-life situations. Here are some of our top picks:

  • Fail-fast: If we look at survival games where the object is not only to survive but often to uncover a secret and help contain it, it’s often quite challenging. In survival games, you must be quick on your feet and make split-second decisions about your risk and overall gameplay. If a risk is worth it, you go for it. And if you fail, you learn how to overcome it the second time.
  • Problem-solving: Some of the best video games rely on gamers to solve problems creatively and think critically. Gamers are then rewarded based on how quickly they solved the problem, how they solved the problem, and more.
  • Going for your goals: Video games also allow you to set goals. Some games are so challenging that you should play them over time and set specific goals along the way. It also shows how resilient gamers can be, another quality that is most definitely needed in business.
  • Collaborative efforts: A growing trend among gamers is to play in a cooperative way, where you are playing with others for a common goal. Now, let’s go back to the survival game. For example, this stage requires you to rescue a stranded crew, protect yourself, and find and collect resources; it seems a bit much for one player. Here, collaborating with a few other players where you can split the job and the resources evenly will make it work. Video games are already challenging, and playing with multiple other players teaches you how teamwork is genuinely the best way to make things work; another required skill in the business world, especially if you are setting yourself up for success.



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