GeoGuessr – Socializing During The Pandemic

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Tired of organising or attending the Xth virtual beer with your team? Try out our latest discovery: GeoGuessr.

With the second pandemic wave in full force and unlimited home office, many team leaders wonder how to keep their employees engaged. Socializing is a big part of bonding as a team, especially for teams and startups that have new members. People do not know each other very well and psychological safety, key for successful team work, is still low and requires constant work.

So what can replace the monthly salary beer with colleagues? A virtual beer is getting slightly awkward, especially when you have introverted or new team members. So you need an activity. However, meeting up outside might be more fun and safe, but during the colder months turns from a fun activity to an endurance challenge. Especially, if your weather forecast looks similar to ours:

Luckily, our engineering team leader Endre, discovered recently a great game that serves for us as a good alternative.

The game is called GeoGuessr and is built on top of Google’s Street View. The rules of the game are simple. You and your team mates are dropped somewhere around the world and need to figure out where you are. Subsequently, you move around and explore the area in order to give your best guess based on what you see. Players compete against each other. The person guessing his location most accurately by placing a pin on Google Maps, gets the most points.

The cost is marginal and certainly less than an evening at the bar. GeoGuessr also offer group plans, perfect for companies.

GeoGuessr’s Cost for Individuals
GeoGuessr’s Cost for Groups

The game turned out to be a lot of fun, a great way to socialise during the pandemic with colleagues, but most importantly, to keep our team spirit high. We hope it will do the same for you too.

Let us know what you think of the game or if you have other alternatives in the comments section on Medium!  


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