A Game of Oil

A Game of Oil

Organisation: Yle (Finnish Broadcasting company) (Finland)

Publication Date: 04/07/2017

Size of team/newsroom:large


Modern society is still dependent of oil. Nothing moves without it. Oil brings wars but also prosperity. The price of oil moves with the major world events. The goal of this news game is to make money in the oil trade. Follow the oil price and major world events, predict changes, and make decisions. Basic rule is: buy when the price is low, sell when it’s high. Demo version of the game was made in the GEN News Lab Final 2016 in Vienna, Austria.

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

Games are still a rare form for news. We try to attract the casual gamers with fast and easy game play. Our target is on mobile device users and the younger audience. Our aim is to increase understanding on what kind of events have affect (war or conflict) oil price. We made the oil game for everyone who have interest but not expertise in history and world economics, such as high school students etc.

Technologies used for this project:

JavaScript, D3.js, HTML, CSS
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