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Communities of Innovation

How Video Game Makers Capture Millions of Dollars of Innovation from User Communities and You Can, Too!

David Edery and Ethan Mollick

If games can inspire employees to be more productive, it should be no surprise that game players might also be willing to invest countless hours in improving the games that they are fans of. For example, in the two years following its release, over $16.5 million worth of labor was invested in the popular World War II game Battlefield 1942.1 This work, which greatly enhanced the game, was performed entirely by fans, for free. Working individually or in teams, these fans voluntarily created ...

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