Social Science, Big Data, and MMORPGs

David Waguespack
Associate Professor
Robert H. Smith School of Business
University of Maryland

Date: Thu, Sept 12, 10:00-11:30a
Where: VMH 2509

EVE Online is a massive multi-player on-line role playing game (MMORPG), where users interact and undertake careers in a fictional galaxy comprised of several thousand star systems. The game is relatively unscripted and has a market based and player driven
economy. Over 4.5 million individuals from over 80 nations have played EVE since its inception in 2003, and concurrent accounts number approximately 500 thousand. From March to July 2013 Dave Waguespack was a visiting scholar at CCP Games in Reykjavik, where he was given full access to the data warehouse for EVE Online. In this
presentation Dave will discuss issues with doing social science research in virtual settings, and present preliminary results for two projects he is co-authoring with Johanna Birnir (Government and Politics, University of Maryland). The first project examines systematic differences in character attribute selection by player nation. The second project examines differences in game behavior by player gender and character gender.