There's a new solution to the collective groan that team-building games sometimes elicit. MeetMax Games was launched as an alternative to icebreakers or group games like trivia, and is designed to get players interacting face-to-face without requiring experience.
The games are played on a common screen, and can accommodate up to 50 players. Each game is centered around a task that the team collaborates, negotiates, and strategizes to complete. The games are simple to learn and fun to play, and they depend on personal interaction for completion.
Rikki Tahta, founder of MeetMax Games, has a background working in board games, and admits to loving all types of games. However, “board games can't scale for more than six people, and corporate team-building games are not very good games: They are linear tasks," says Tahta. "What we're doing is quite new because 40 people can all play with each other. Over the course of a game, without thinking about it, you have met 25-30 people and interacted with them."
Games have value in the workplace, and MeetMax Games maximizes a game's team-building potential. "These games are doing two things," explains Tahta. "First of all, it levels the playing field. Everyone is on the same level in a game. Secondly, it gives people a structured focus for the interaction."
A session usually lasts for one to two hours and will go through four to five games. MeetMax facilitates each event and provides the necessary training and technology for each group.