EVO

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What is cloud gaming?

It's like streaming Netflix.

But for video games.

Stream and play games on any device, anywhere with stable Wi-Fi connection.

Project Overview

A SaaS product concept of a web & mobile cloud gaming app. I designed EVO's logo, the friends & chat feature, and EVO controllers on a team of 4 UX designers.

Client

Student Concept Project

Timeline

2 weeks | 2021

Tools

Figma | Miro | Slack

Role

UX Design

Visual Design

Interactive Design

Information Architecture

 
 
What's the current gaming experience like?

My team conducted 7 user interviews,

both avid and casual gamers, to understand why they play, where they acquire gaming information, and their overall likes and dislikes about their gaming experience.

The interviews revealed that gamers strongly value the social aspect of gaming.
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"I found playing virtual games with friends and family very therapeutic."

- Gamer 1

"I like that gaming brings people together that wouldn't otherwise."

- Gamer 2

"I enjoy the social interaction with video games."

- Gamer 3

Unfortunately, players also expressed experiencing discrimination.
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"I don't like being often discriminated against while playing video games..."​

- Gamer 3

The Challenge

The unfortunate presence of toxicity within gaming communities has caused gamers to feel unsafe to the point of serious depression, and some with suicidal thoughts.

Further research on gaming toxicity

81% 

of U.S. adult gamers have experienced harassment related to race/ethnicity, religion, ability, gender, or sexual orientation.

10% 

of players impacted by toxicity have had depressive and/or suicidal thoughts.

No other gaming platforms address inclusivity in gaming.

I implemented a competitive analysis to find out which major cloud gaming platforms had features that enhanced the social & community aspect of gaming. 

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None of the competitors have an inclusive and safe space for gamers of shared interests to meet, socialize, and hang out.

How might we design an inclusive Communities page that welcomes all gamers of various backgrounds?

The Opportunity

EVO provides a safe and inclusive gaming service welcoming all gamers of diverse backgrounds and skill levels to join the fun and have a safe space to play.

Design

To start building EVO Communities, I searched for inspiration to inform my design decisions.

 
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Steam Communities

Steam offers a Community tab and Friends & Chat feature that allows players to share information and coordinate gaming activities.

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Discord Communities

Discord's intuitive visual hierarchy engages users to join and discover new communities.

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EVO Style Guide

Our team had playful, relaxing, fun and vibrant in mind when creating our style guide for EVO's logo and brand identity.

Initial Design

Lo-Fi Wireframe

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Hi-Fi Prototypes

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Testing

EVO gained a lot of positive feedback from our 5 usability tests with various gamers. Our team wanted to make sure our gamers could navigate two main features:

1. Navigate to the Communities page and join a community.

2. Find a friend within a Community and jump into their game under a minute.

 

4/5

users were able to jump into their friends' games within one minute.

5/5

users successfully found and joined the Community page.

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"That's cool you guys included a community for LGBTQ+ and women! I've seen and heard them discriminated against the most in games."

- Tester 1

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"It's pretty easy to see if your friends are online and if they are currently in a Party."

- Tester 2

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"It's interesting that there are so many unique communities! Not what I'd usually see at all."

- Tester 3

 
Final Prototype
Next Steps

Fully implement and usability test a mobile app.

Expand on our communities - add more communities and introduce additional engaging features to bring gamers together.

Reflection

My team truly ruled. I loved working with Seth, Eugene and Greyson - we communicated effectively and with respect. A team can make or break a project, and this team made this project with passion, care, and drive.

 

If there was more time I would love to build out more Community cards as well as conducting more tests to inform further improvements.

 

Our EVO Communities design was created with intentions of love and inclusivity for all.