Teamwork in a Co-operative Video Game (PAYDAY 2) – Looking for VR players!

If you are interested in taking part, please contact the researcher Beata-Noemi Balint via email ( please use “Teamwork Study” as the subject line of the email) or Discord (beanb#8832, this is preferred) with any further questions you may have. Thank you for reading.

Study description

I would like to invite you to participate in a research study titled “Teamwork in a co-operative video game”, as part of a PhD at the University of Portsmouth UK, funded by QinetiQ plc, a security and defence contractor in the UK.

Participation is entirely voluntary and involves playing through “Shadow Raid” on DS 1D difficulty in PayDay 2 with a minigun and RPG 7 (max 2 ECMs/run and NO gameplay changing mods) as part of a team of 4. You will be required to play the game in either mouse+keyboard or VR set-up (your own), based on your preferences and experience. After, there will be questionnaires about your experience. The study will take approximately 60 to 90 minutes to complete and it will take place entirely online, with the requirement that you join a specifically created Discord server for the purpose of the study, which you can leave once the study is over.

This study investigates teamwork in a co-operative video game with different hardware set-ups. Its primary purpose is to identify potential advantages and/or constraints of these set-ups for facilitating teamwork in experienced teams. Additionally, it will contribute to my PhD thesis, thus helping me in obtaining my doctorate. Unfortunately, there is no monetary incentive for it.

Participant requirements

Inclusion Criteria:

Anyone over the age of 18.

Anyone with appropriate experience in and highly familiar with PayDay 2 in either its desktop form or VR form.

Exclusion Criteria:

Anyone aged 0 – 17.

Anyone with visual field epilepsy.

Anyone with visual impairments which would make it hard or impossible to see and cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.

Anyone with neck injuries.

Anyone with hearing impairments that are not corrected with hearing aids.

Anyone with speech impediments which may make it difficult to communicate clearly.

Anyone not fluent in English.


Long (45+ mins)


Participants are uncompensated

Recruitment ends

January 31, 2020

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