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Cooperative virtual worlds—a viable eCollaboration pathway or merely a gaming trend?

  • Niels PinkwartEmail author
  • Hannes Olivier
Focus Theme – Invited Paper


With research and technology advances in networking and computer graphics, cooperative virtual environments (CVEs), 3D virtual worlds, which can be used by multiple persons that are represented in the virtual world through avatars, are becoming increasingly popular. In this short position paper we discuss whether or not CVEs are a lasting phenomenon with impact on eCollabopration practice and CSCW research or just an isolated phenomenon in the gaming community. In doing so, this paper outlines four application areas that CVEs are successful in (games, leisure, education, business) and presents opportunities, risks and research challenges that are associated with using CVEs as eCollaboration tools.


CSCW Cooperative virtual worlds 




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© Institute of Information Management, University of St. Gallen 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of InformaticsClausthal University of TechnologyClausthal-ZellerfeldGermany

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