LinkedIn Wants To Have Games On Its Platform

LinkedIn Corp. logos are arranged for a photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. LinkedIn Corp. is expected to release earnings figures on Oct. 29. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

LinkedIn is known as the ‘professional’ social network, primarily used to showcase profiles about work, motivation, and the desire to progress through one’s career via networking and building valuable connections with peers. It has become much more popular in recent years, and it’s typically the go-to platform for anyone who wants to connect with others without seeing pictures of their vacations, diary-like entries about what they ate for dinner, or foul-mouthed rants laced with bizarre opinions.

Recently, it was revealed that LinkedIn is looking to inject a little fun into its platform, introducing a series of games that users can take advantage of to ‘deepen relationships’.

LinkedIn Gaming?

First reported by TechCrunch, it was revealed that LinkedIn’s leadership team desires to broaden the platform’s interactivity value by introducing a range of games. Of course, they’re not talking about utilising cloud gaming systems to make anything impressive run on the site or the application, but rather they’re referring to a series of short-form puzzle games that are ‘in keeping with the theme’ of the platform.

TechCrunch reported that three games are in development: Queens, Crossclimb, and Inference. In a statement, a representative of LinkedIn said:

We’re playing with adding puzzle-based games within the LinkedIn experience to unlock a bit of fun, deepen relationships, and hopefully spark the opportunity for conversations. Stay tuned for more!

LinkedIn has long been used by gaming industry workers as a networking and profile showcase tool. Like any other vertical, professionals in the gaming industry lean on LinkedIn to track their career paths and connect with prospective employers and recruiters, using the site to directly apply for jobs and share posts about their work-focused activities.

Will you be competing against your network through LinkedIn’s new games?

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