Game modifications (mods) developed by users are common in the digital game industry, serving as a form of user-driven supplementary innovation that enables game developers to extend the lifespan of their core games. Companies have recognized the strategic value of such innovation and offered official modding toolkits to support users’ endeavors. Nevertheless, the effects of modding toolkits on mod performance are not well understood, as extant literature is fragmented and descriptive, lacking an examination of the relationship between official modding toolkits and mod performance. This study plans to address this knowledge gap by analyzing official toolkit documents and behavioral data from platforms such as Nexus Mod and investigating the effects of modding toolkit features on mod performance. By advancing our knowledge of the supplementary innovation toolkit as a strategic approach in the digital game industry, the study is expected to provide valuable insights into extending product lifespan and utility.
GUAN, Zhengzhi; Cao, Fang; Fu, Mengyao; Ma, Teng; Lim, Eric; and Tan, Chee-Wee, "Facilitating Supplementary Innovation in the Digital Game Industry: The Role of Modding Toolkits" (2023). PACIS 2023 Proceedings. 216.
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