The accessibility of games to pretty much anyone with a computer, tablet, or smartphone has meant a growing gaming culture. Many of these games are played in an enterprise environment, which is not the typical place for games to belong in. Since we know a lot about what games are most popularly downloaded on smartphones, I decided to delve a bit into what games people download on to their computers – at work.
In other words, what are the most popular enterprise-played games?
We’ve all gotten used to seeing people tapping away at their smartphones playing the newest hit game, from Angry Birds to Candy Crush, on their commute, in line for coffee, and even at the office. But games and illegal software such as file sharing, though they may be fun, do not belong in the enterprise setting. They can actually be a big drain on productivity and consume many of a company’s resources. Part of the challenge for an IT manager is to keep good order across the network and make sure there are no games on company computers.
Despite the IT department’s measures, many wiley employees manage to sneak downloaded games onto their company computers. I decided to check out which of these violating software is the most popular among enterprises we work with.
Top 10 Games in the enterprise
We set out and analyzed the data we have about the computers managed in the Samanage platform to compile a Top Ten list:
- Chuzzle Deluxe
- Polar Bowler
- Zuma Deluxe
- Farm Frenzy
- Plants vs. Zombies
- World of Worldcraft (WOW)
**Chess was actually the number one game installed across all the computers I checked, but it would be very surprising if there were that many Chess aficionados out there, so I just assumed the game comes preinstalled on a lot of people’s computers.
Is your kid stealing your laptop?
You will notice that there are a lot of games that you haven’t heard of, or at least I haven’t heard of them. Apparently Penguins! is all the rage among today’s white-collar workers. Unless as I suspect, and as happens with my kids all the time, children are using their parents’ work laptops when they bring them home.
Other than the numbers arctic-themed games, the results were quite expected, such as Chuzzle and Bejeweled nabbing the top spots – these are games that have had a strong playership for some time. I was surprised that people had downloaded heavy games such as FATE and WOW that both take a lot of space and use up a lot of time. That’s not to say I don’t play them myself, but that I don’t know how these folks are finding when to play on a work computer.
How do the cool guys at Samanage measure up?
At Samanage we’re playing a whole bunch of different games, from WOW to Civilization to Medal of Honor. And yes I realize the average age playing these games is around 38 years old, but I say better stay young at heart! Importantly though, we make sure to keep these games separate from work.
But if you’re still looking for something to play that won’t take up space or presents a risk to your company network, check out Geekosystem’s list of best browser games to play at work. (But you didn’t hear about it from us.)
How do we collect the data?
The customers of Samanage, which range from educational and governmental institutions to high tech companies and financial enterprises, manage their IT through our online platform. The system uses agents that are installed across the network and report back a whole bunch of information: such as what applications are installed on each computer, the model, make and operating system of computers, and where they are located.
About Doron Gordon
Doron Gordon is a successful entrepreneur and current SVP, ITSM at SolarWinds. As a successful entrepreneur, he founded and served as CEO at Samanage (acquired by SolarWinds). Prior to founding Samanage, Doron was a co-founder and VP of sales and marketing at Continuity Software, a leading provider of disaster recovery and high-availability management solutions. Earlier, Doron was a senior manager at BMC Software, a global leader in IT management software. He was also the founder and CEO at Always-On Software, an innovative application service provider.
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