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Gaming On and Off the Social Graph: The Social Structure of Facebook Games

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Gaming On and Off the Social Graph: The Social Structure of Facebook Games
—Games built on Online Social Networks (OSNs) have become a phenomenon since 3rd party developer tools were exposed by OSNs such as Facebook. However, apart from their explosive popularity, little is known about the nature of the social networks that are built during play. In this paper, we present the findings of a network analysis study carried out on two Facebook applications, in comparison with a similar but stand-alone game. We found that games built both on and off a social graph exhibit similar social properties. Specifically, the distribution of playerto-player interactions decays as a power law with a similar exponent for the majority of players. For games built on the social network platform however, we find that the networks are characterised by a sharp cut-off, compared with the classically scale-free nature of the social network for the game not built on an existing social graph.
Ben Kirman, Shaun Lawson, Conor Linehan
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Type Conference
Year 2009
Where CSE
Authors Ben Kirman, Shaun Lawson, Conor Linehan
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