Tribal Wars a Love Story: How MMOs Bring People Together

Let’s face it, thinking about Tribal Wars makes you think of competitive battles and glories victories, but what about meeting people? As it turns out, MMOs like Tribal Wars are great ways to interact and make new friends. Personal relationships can easily form based on the underlying architecture of the game’s genre. But why?

According to Nick Yee, American researcher and creator of The Daedalus Project, there are three main factors that cause relationships to form ingame. These are: anonymity, environment and preselection to compatibility.

Over the years, many players of Tribal Wars and our other MMOs have told us about friendships and social ties being formed. But sometimes an even deeper bond develops; as with Karina, and her husband. Let’s have a look at what happened and what role anonymity, environment and preselection played. Read more →

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Meet Oliver Specht: Elvenar’s Team Lead Art

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover but what about a game by its art? While the same principle applies I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t drawn by Elvenar’s colors and designs. After all art is the first element to grab our attention and invite us into the game.

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So who is behind the mystical imagery? None other than Team Lead Art, Oliver Specht. After a couple of emails I asked him a few questions about himself, Elvenar and the creative process behind this colorful game. Check out the interview below and make sure to head over to www.oliver-specht.de to see his personal work. Read more →

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InnoGames Goes to OMR15

No we’re not introducing you to the next popular text term. OMR15 is the chill abbreviation for Online Marketing Rockstars, an event that recently happened in Hamburg during the 26 and 27 of February.

By now you probably know we love off-beat events; think back to our Gamescom party and Art Expo. We are all for discovering the next new thing so it’s no surprise that we didn’t just attend this event but were also one of the sponsors. So what happened? Here’s the DL (down low):

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February’s Job of the Month

With all the resources available to find jobs it can be a headache to search for them, so we are making your life easier with the introduction of this monthly blogpost. Job of the Month will highlight one of our current openings to make the hunt a breeze.

This week we bring you the following position: Software Developer PHP (m/f).

For all the tech savvy people out there, listen up, we are looking for you! Of course it takes more than being an IT Specialist to get this. There are specific criteria you need to have to be the perfect candidate.

You can find all the information you need via this link, including your contact person and how to apply. But since we are all for efficiency, here are some of the qualities you should have:

  • You have completed your training as an IT specialist, a university degree in computer science or an equivalent qualification
  • Successful realization of several OOP projects, optional in an agile environment
  • Expert knowledge of PHP 5.3 and OOP
  • Very good knowledge of maintaining virtual development environments with Vagrant
  • Very good UNIX skills
  • Well versed in Unit Testing
  • Basic knowledge of Node.js, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Socket.io

Sounds like you? Good then head over to our site and apply! We’re waiting.

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Company Presentations as Tools

When it comes to internal communication, I am a company presentation kind of gal. Don’t get me wrong, I am a lover of a well-crafted email but nothing beats getting directly adressed. Maybe it’s just me, but it creates a sense of belonging to the company.

I personally think that these types of events can tell an awful lot of information about the work culture. The venue, the time, the process, the people included…say volumes. Not all companies are created equal, nor should they, so each element that is included is on purpose: they go beyond the slides and numbers and are culture creators.

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It’s All About the Fans

No, we aren’t talking about rock star groupies, we mean Facebook fans. Let’s face it, anyone that takes care of Facebook fanpages knows how vital followers are. Yet, with an increase in social networks and a decrease in the average attention span…what’s the best way to get them? Our answer this Tuesday? Retargeting campaigns.

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HR Goes to Einstieg

Looking for a job has never been simpler for students. Just think about it, there’s social networks focused on it and events centered around finding job opportunities. In fact, some of these events attempt to target potential candidates before they graduate; which facilitates the process. It’s a win-win situation for both employers and job seekers that makes sense and is efficient.  Which is the exact reason why InnoGames actively participates in job fairs in Germany and abroad.

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Alliance Demographics

Since many of our games deal heavily with creating alliances, we thought it would be interesting to share some figures from some of our games this week. So we talked to our analytics department and came up with the following infographic to display alliance demographics in Tribal Wars, Grepolis and Forge of Empires based on age, gender and whether they have met online or not.

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An Introduction to Different Forum Types

In the world of online gaming, forums are an essential tool for community managers and players. Not only do they help people behind the game interact with each other but they also offer the perfect channel for both one-way and two-way communication. While they carry a lot of positives, they also carry specific challenges for community managers. As promised earlier, this week we will focus on different forum types and ways to manage them.

The first thing one needs to know about this subject is that there are two types of forums: conversational and informational. The differences between these two are the ways that information is presented and used. Informational forums share content that is useful for the reader and is easy to search and find. As the name suggests, conversational forums host members’ conversations on various topics but they come and go. So which one is better? It depends on your community’s needs and your goals.

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