In a video for knowledge forum "Big Think," researcher John Seely Brown explains why World of Warcraft players are the ideal employees for businesses. In his video he explains why playing an online game and being part of a team might be more important than getting an MBA at Harvard.
"I would rather hire a high-level World of Warcraft player than an MBA from Harvard," says Brown in his video. "Why is a game, a massive multiplayer game that has maybe 12 million people or more playing it like World of Warcraft so important at both the individual level and maybe at the corporate level? To understand these massive multiplayer games like World of Warcraft, do not think about it as just gameplay, but look at the social life on the edge of the game."
You can watch the entire video on YouTube. The thrust of Brown's presentation focuses on how the structure, the lack of bonuses for participating in, and the general politics of guilds are important skills that can be used in the very real world of business.