Score Design Evolution – 3 types of score to use in your next gamification project

When designing a score algorithm for your next gamification project, consider how your score algorithm might evolve over time.

I see three types of score:

Permanent Scores

Permanent scores are used where all points earned are retained by the player in perpetuity. This is typically what we see in video games and many gamification projects today where experience points are earned and never lost.

Time Boundsingle score one score example circle with rise carat Scores

As the gamification program matures, then we see the introduction of time bound scores, where only activities within a set time period “count” towards the current score.

This is usually because activities from a while back no longer really matter and also it allows new players to join on a level playing field.

You see this in football leagues where scores are time bound to seasons – the score is reset at the beginning of each new season.

Relative Scores

The most sophisticated score design is where an individual’s score is relative to that of their peers. This creates herd behaviour where each individual player must keep up with the rest of the herd.

Implementing hybrid scoring algorithms

At all three types of scores are supported by the scoring algorithm design tools. Rise is used for multi-system, infinite gamification for everything from social media tracking to digital transformation and employee engagement. It’s like running a “Fitbit or a Nike + for work”.

What Rise does is allow managers to flex the score over time, choosing the right score types to meet the current need and maturity of the program.

Some of the most sophisticated client score algorithms being run on Rise are hybrid algorithms which comprise a little of each.

How will you keep score in your next gamification project?


Toby Beresford

Toby is founder and CEO of Rise the success tracking network to track, publish and share success. He was the 2013 chair of - the International Gamification Confederation and organises the UK Gamifiers meetup. As a gamification leader, he speaks at conferences and hosts workshops. Follow him on twitter @tobyberesford and Subscribe to this blog at Gamification Of Work blog feed

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