Utrecht Center for Game Research

Games play an increasingly important role in many societal areas by allowing users to practice, play, experiment, research, and learn in a safe and motivating environment.

The Utrecht Center for Game Research performs interdisciplinary research on serious gaming and playful interaction with a focus on the following domains:

  • Games for Learning
  • Games for Health
  • Games for Change 

It is our mission to employ games to help solving large societal challenges. Games are pre-eminently suitable to inform, motivate, appeal to emotion, and influence behavior. Games do that better than other types of media. Learn more about our projects in our magazine



20 February 2019
Utrecht University and HKU University of the Arts Utrecht students developed applied games addressing complex and deeply uncertain sustainability issues.
Cover of the book "The Playful Citizen: Civic Engagement in a Mediatized Culture"
19 February 2019
The Playful Citizen: Civic Engagement in a Mediatized Culture is an addition to the new Games and Play book series from publisher Amsterdam University Press.
20 December 2018
Games for Learning Symposium, Dutch DiGRA Chapter, 20th December 2018