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



Meisje met stoepkrijt
1 May 2018
During a health hackathon, neurobiologist Heidi Lesscher worked on a new app that will stimulate chronically ill children to play more.
1 May 2018
Zerrin Yumak, researcher of the Utrecht Center for Game Research participates in Breaking Science 2018.
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.


25 June 2018 10:00 - 13:00
In this workshop, we will engage with the notion of play as a fundamental part of game literacy through the creation of small Let’s Play Videos.
28 June 2018 13:15 - 15:00
A collaboration between the Utrecht Forum for Memory Studies and the Center for the Study of Digital Games and Play.
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.