Since you are playing games during Zoom calls, Zoom gets games

Since you are playing games during Zoom calls, Zoom gets games

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  • There are nine games among the apps and most of them are centred around team-building. You’re definitely not going to dive into Zoom with your non-work friends to have fun with these, but hey, they exist. Consider it a warning.

  • One of the games is called Heads Up! And it’s by Ellen DeGeneres. It’s been available on Android and iOS for years, but the implementation here makes sense. Described as a “fun twist on charades,” you can play this with your workmates on Zoom instead of discussing quarterly earnings. Kahoot! Is all about hosting “awesome” quizzes, while LGN Poker is poker, and Werewolf with Friends is a multiplayer social deduction game.

Zoom having games isn’t a huge innovation. Microsoft Teams has games similarly focused on frivolous team building fun, while the popular work chat app Slack has games, including GameMonk (“designed to stir your creative juices a bit and bring your team closer”). Facebook Messenger has games, too. I want to see Doom in Zoom, surely not a huge ask since it’s already on pianos, printers and oscilloscopes. 

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