Q&A: Can coding games progress developer careers?

Tigran Sloyan, CEO of CodeFights, explains how training developers with gamification helps everyone

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The internet is full of information, services—and a whole host of other weird and wonderful ways—to help individuals learn particular work skills. And one niche that is particularly thriving is competition sites for coders which gamify the skills needed for a developer career. These promise a fast track for potential developers and easy pool of trained talent for companies. Tigran Sloyan, CEO of one such site, CodeFights, explains more.

How and why did the idea for this come about?

As a middle and high school student, I participated in a lot of math[s] competitions. During that time, I thought I was born to do math and for some strange reason I really enjoyed math, unlike most of my peers! However, that enjoyment gradually faded away once I started studying math at MIT because all of a sudden, the competitive aspect of learning math was gone. But this gave me the initial idea that it’s possible to take critical skills like math and programming and build a system around them that turns learning and practicing those skills into an addictive game.

How does it work in practice?

The core value proposition of the site is that it creates a platform for developers to practice programming in a fun way. We do this through several different modes. Some modes are single player, like Interview Practice the Arcade, where you have questions of increasing difficulty grouped by topics. As you solve the easier questions, you earn XP points, coins, and badges, and you also unlock the harder questions.

We also have some multiplayer modes where you can face off against your friends or other developers and practice your skills in a more competitive environment.

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