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



Jantine Huizenga presents at the symposium "Games for Learning"
22 March 2018
In this symposium, strategies for the developments and use of games in the classroom were discussed.
Elise van de Putte
20 February 2018
With her new chair of Life Cycle Paediatrics, Elise van de Putte will be focusing on supporting children’s social and emotional development.
Remco Veltkamp
6 December 2017
Remco Veltkamp represents the Faculty of Science in the DoY programme committee. "‘A new type of research has developed in the Child Expertise Center."


20 - 24
20 August 2018 09:00 - 24 August 2018 17:00
This course provides a multidisciplinary perspective on games, combining research trajectories in analysis and design with insights into applied games.