Dynamics of Large-Scale Networks Following a Merger

  • John Clements
  • Babak Farzad
  • Henryk Fukś
Part of the Lecture Notes in Social Networks book series (LNSN)


We studied the dynamic network of relationships among avatars in the massively multiplayer online game Planetside 2. In the spring of 2014, two separate servers of this game were merged, and as a result, two previously distinct networks were combined into one. We observed the evolution of this network in the 7 month period following the merger. We found that some structures of original networks persist in the combined network for a long time after the merger. As the original avatars are gradually removed, these structures slowly dissolve, but they remain observable for a surprisingly long time. We present a number of visualizations illustrating the post-merger dynamics and discuss time evolution of selected quantities characterizing the topology of the network.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Clements
    • 1
  • Babak Farzad
    • 1
  • Henryk Fukś
    • 1
  1. 1.Brock UniversitySt. CatharinesCanada

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