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The Gamification of Work

10 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2013 Last revised: 11 Jun 2013

Miriam A. Cherry

Saint Louis University - School of Law

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

In the language of cyberspace, introducing elements of fun or game-playing into everyday tasks or through simulations is known as the process of “gamification.” The idea that people could be working while they play a video game – in some instances without even knowing that they are working – is becoming part of our reality. Gamification is an important element of what in previous writing I have termed “virtual work,” that is, work that is taking place wholly online, in crowdsourcing arrangements, or in virtual worlds. The gamification of work is an important trend with important implications for employment law. This short “Idea” essay begins to describe and formulate theories for thinking about these new forms of work.

Keywords: virtual work, gamification, work and lesiure, digital labor

Suggested Citation

Cherry, Miriam A., The Gamification of Work (2012). 40 Hofstra Law Review 851 (2012); Saint Louis U. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2273673

Miriam A. Cherry (Contact Author)

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