Edinburgh start-up Games Without Frontiers (GWOF) has developed a Virtual Business, Simulation Game.
GWOF creates team experiences for individuals to better accelerate a deeper understanding of how a business succeeds.
The simulation starts as a below average, although profitable company, and the player then has to try to make it the most successful in its field.
ROCKET is a management training simulation, which presents real life business challenges (for example, the Managing Director’s house is secured against the company overdraft).
The initial idea came from Tim Dew, a Business Doctor and a deal maker. When approached to make a business ready for sale or transition for merger, acquisition or transfer of ownership the same issues would arise. He needed a way to quickly make management teams understand how to manage a successful business by working together.
4 years later Tim met Stuart Laing, a games simulation facilitator for 10 years, who immediately saw the opportunity of creating a business simulation.
When Mike Perrin (an I.T. Architect from Skyscanner) was brought on board the technical delivery and software that controls the game was created.
Tim Dew said: “The strap line for ROCKET is taking your team from good to great! The tech and software that’s been developed for this game has a large quantity of data sets within it. This is to create real simulations of particular human decision making. Every individual that plays this game will make decisions based on their own knowledge and experience.
We had to create a totally immersive experience that immediately shows the knock-on effect of the individual players’ actions. After-all, the only way to get someone to believe in an idea is to get them to believe it was theirs all along. It also provides bystanders an opportunity to see their team act and react, resolve and communicate with their immediate colleagues. This game will do what is says on the tin.”
After completing a summer of testing and taster “experiences” GWOF is taking ROCKET on the road. Visiting London, Manchester, Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh.