Sudoko has it’s roots in 19th century French newspapers (yes really) and only became mainstream from 2004 when it started appearing, seemingly, everywhere.
Actually, I’m not a fan of this puzzle and, after trying them a couple of times, I gave it away. However, plenty of people have invested a lot of time solving some of the over 5 billion potential puzzles (5,472,730,538 to be exact) on the basic grid.
That’s a lot of time invested for no monetary reward; so what do you think would happen if you started to pay people to solve Sudoko puzzles?
Conventional business wisdom would say that if players do it for free, giving them a financial incentive would mean they solve even more. But that wisdom is wrong. [Read more…]