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If not planned properly, virtual events can get really boring, real quick! Without planned engagement, your event is likely set up for failure. Apart from giving your event the feel of a physical environment, there are other ways to keep attendees present. Enter virtual event games! Virtual event games are a great way to bring people together in friendly competition from all over the world.
Not only can these games make your virtual event more fun, but they can also help build trust and strong relationships among attendees.
Whether it’s your first event with people you haven’t interacted with before or a regular meeting with your team members, adding games to the mix can break the ice, bring some cheer, and foster a healthy environment for all those involved.
Short answer: yes! Virtual events, despite their benefits, have one big drawback: small participant attention spans. Even brilliant people with great focus ability can dwindle. Scientists have gone so far as to say that human attention spans are even shorter than a goldfish! With the changing social media landscape, individuals consume content much more differently now.
Instant gratification is something new users are inclined towards. If your event cannot offer something mesmerizing in the first eight seconds of your attendees attention span, chances are they’ll bounce in and out of your event.
Virtual event games are a great way to provide instant gratification and a fun activity to keep them lingering just a bit longer so you can entice them again! Not to mention, attendees will likely attend future events if they had fun the last time.
There are hundreds of virtual event games to choose from that can be easily included in your event. These are all suited for the virtual event reality and will keep your participants thoroughly occupied. All they need is good internet access.
Before choosing your gamifications, you can always research and find out what kind of games your attendees would like to play. This you can do by creating a poll, or open a question to their suggestions. Your marketing team has likely understood your audience well and might have some information that can assist you.
One way to choose the appropriate virtual game would be to first consider what you want to achieve with the games. Is it a formal event and everyone is meeting for first time? Is this a recurring meeting that you would like to make more fun? Do you just want to break the ice with everyone? Depending on the situation, you will be able to better assess.
Let’s look at the best games that can make your virtual events more entertaining.
If you’re are incorporating virtual event games into your event, you definitely need a virtual leaderboard. This is where attendees keep score of all the activities they partake in. To keep them truly engaged, give them a list of instructions to acquire the maximum number of points. For instance, visiting a particular booth, attending a webinar at a designated time, finding the most items in a scavenger hunt, downloading material from the swag bag, the list goes on!
As participants partake in these activities, they can track their points. Include a gift hamper or other prizes for the first, second and third places!
You are bound to see great attendee participation, as people can get pretty competitive! At a virtual Open Day for Cambrian College, an attendee gained 300k points!
This is one of the best ways to engage with your audience and make the event fun for all of them. It is also one of the most popular gamifications within the vFairs platform. To put it simply, hidden icons must be found across the various virtual rooms by the attendees. You can include your logo, product, or various different items that participants can explore for in booths, the auditorium, lobby etc. As they bag each item, they score more points. The participants to find all first wins!
You can now time the scavenger hunt and have it played sequentially! This means, that the items will only appear once the attendee agrees to participate. They have to do it within the specified amount of time, and they will receive a hint each time they have to find a new item!
Is your event a hybrid one? Not to worry! The event mobile app now ensures that your attendees can still participate in this game.
Auto matchmaking can be a fun and exciting way for networking among attendees. Attendees will simply share their interests or other fields you might think relevant. Based on these profiles, they then simply are matched up automatically with other attendees. This can be a great feature as speed dating for job fairs, or even student open days!
You can make new connections by joining 1:1 video, text or audio chats. Safe to say, it keeps things interesting! What makes it exciting is that the connections are made randomly, so you don’t know who you’re going to connect with.
Here is a definite way you can engage attendees. Everyone loves taking selfies! How much more fun that you can create a virtual event game out of it!
All attendees need to do is venture into the virtual photo booth, take a snap and post it to the photo wall. From here other attendees can like fellow attendee photos. The one with the most likes wins one of the prizes!
Appropriate for almost everyone, if this is your first time adding a game to your virtual event, UNO can be a great choice to break the ice. UNO is an easy-to-understand card game, and you can play it online too. Online, you create a breakout room and all the event attendees can easily join there and play with each other. There are plenty of UNO games online to choose from, some provide more features than others.
Poker is another game people have been playing on their computers since the dawn of the internet. Now, it’s extremely easy to play it online with anyone. Hundreds of virtual poker web applications are available, you can set them up and play there while communicating with your audience in real-time.
Ask attendees to try their luck! You can host a Spin the Wheel and offer attendees any number of rewards. They could win prizes, gain points, or even enter for a chance to network 1:1 with your event’s keynote speaker! There are a number of ways you can spin this game around (pun intended).
A knowledge-based quiz game, is a lot of fun and appropriate for just about everyone! You can create a trivia virtual events game about your company at a virtual meeting. Or perhaps a fun general knowledge game at a virtual conference! People absolutely love that!
Trivia is an easy virtual game to incorporate into your online event. You can not only integrate with popular apps such as Slido, create your own slide deck and share it during a live webinar. People can then interact through the chat or ‘raise their hands’ to answer the questions.
You can find pre-made templates online and share them with the participants over the communication tool you are using.
Engage your attendees with a fun quiz on Kahoot. It lets you create a quiz about anything. You can set up rewards for those who get the answers right. You can either host 1:1 virtual games or go on a team mode.
Quizzing can also be an excellent way to help your audience retain anything they have learned. Setting up a quiz in the middle should shake things up a little.
Make sure the rewards are worth it though.
Boardgames became a lifeline during the lockdown. Taboo, Codenames, Headsup saw a significant uptick in downloads and sales.
With a Kumospace integration, you can now include play little board games like chess or codenames. Codenames is a highly popular game these days! It also keeps your attendees engaged for longer periods of time as they spend some time to sit and think. This means they are at your virtual event for a longer period of time, verses bouncing in and out.
We have looked at some fun games to keep your audience engaged. With vFairs integrations there are many ways you can create more engagement. They may be playing the games on one side, but they should still be able to interact with each other for the most benefit.
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