Pure Nash Equilibria in Restricted Budget Games

  • Maximilian DreesEmail author
  • Matthias Feldotto
  • Sören Riechers
  • Alexander Skopalik
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10392)


In budget games, players compete over resources with finite budgets. For every resource, a player has a specific demand and as a strategy, he chooses a subset of resources. If the total demand on a resource does not exceed its budget, the utility of each player who chose that resource equals his demand. Otherwise, the budget is shared proportionally. In the general case, pure Nash equilibria (NE) do not exist for such games. In this paper, we consider the natural classes of singleton and matroid budget games with additional constraints and show that for each, pure NE can be guaranteed. In addition, we introduce a lexicographical potential function to prove that every matroid budget game has an approximate pure NE which depends on the largest ratio between the different demands of each individual player.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maximilian Drees
    • 1
    Email author
  • Matthias Feldotto
    • 2
  • Sören Riechers
    • 2
  • Alexander Skopalik
    • 2
  1. 1.Departement of Applied MathematicsUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and Heinz Nixdorf InstitutePaderborn UniversityPaderbornGermany

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