gam·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌgā-mə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce gamification (audio)
: the process of adding games or gamelike elements to something (such as a task) so as to encourage participation
gamify transitive verb
gamified; gamifying; gamifies
Easy-to-use Web- and mobile-based learning platforms … take the boredom out of long training sessions by gamifying the entire process. A training manual is replaced by an interactive game that allows participants to win awards and be acknowledged. J. J. Rosen

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The basic concept of gamification isn't new, but the word itself is a 21st-century addition to the English lexicon. The word refers to the incorporation of game elements, like point and reward systems, to tasks as incentives for people to participate. In other words, gamification is about making something potentially tedious into a game. Gamification is effective because it taps into people's natural desires for competition and achievement. Teachers, managers, and others use gamification to increase participation and improve productivity. Gamification is also often an essential feature in apps and websites designed to motivate people to meet personal challenges, like weight-loss goals and learning foreign languages; tracking your progress is more fun if it feels like a game.

Examples of gamification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To achieve this in practice, companies can leverage technology platforms that offer instant feedback mechanisms, such as gamification in project management tools where completing tasks rewards points or badges. Alexander Puutio, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Taken together, the likely result is an inconsistent interpretation of materiality and ultimately gamification of this new rule by both corporations and attackers. Mike Lefebvre, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Well, the democratization and gamification of trading is certainly not helping. Will Daniel, Fortune, 26 Feb. 2024 This election season, in particular, rogue candidates could be used as especially powerful players for gamification. Erika D. Smith, Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2024 Leverage Gamification Try implementing gamification strategies in user interfaces. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 In addition, gamification in physical therapy is a creative approach that capitalizes on the natural human desire for achievement and reward. Kyle Russell, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 This playbook of gamification, a willingness to sell at a loss to take market share, and hyper-aggressive marketing enabled Pinduoduo to seize the crown of the most valuable e-tailer from Alibaba in China. Drew Bernstein, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Programs like the United Nations’ ‘The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World‘ use gamification to encourage sustainable practices. Shirin Etessam, Rolling Stone, 26 Jan. 2024

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Word History


game entry 1 + -ification

First Known Use

2006, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gamification was in 2006


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“Gamification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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