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The DSI Community Gaming focuses on research related to the impact of digital games on academic research, teaching and outreach.

Our mission is to establish and promote the value of playing for learning and research.

We aim to steer the discussion on the use of open-source game engines for university teaching and research, to guide the development of innovative strategies for gamifying contents and to contribute to the ongoing societal change at the national and international level.



Playing is engagement, immersion, creativity, problem-solving, competition — a driving force behind innovation and discovery.


Connect people from different research disciplines who are already involved in developing or using games for research and teaching purposes. Provide the knowledge and the ideas.


Create a common space where members can connect, exchange and collaborate, create opportunities for action and collaboration, collect and distribute the knowledge.

Community facts






What questions about digitalization are on your mind? And how has your life changed with the digital transformation? Digitalization is presenting society and science with new challenges. It is taking hold of a large part of our lives at an ever faster pace.

The Digital Society Initiative (DSI) aims to help shape the digital transformation of society and science. With its activities in the areas of «research», «education» and «public outreach», the DSI is the competence centre of the University of Zurich (UZH) on the digital transformation.

The DSI is a scientific institution supported by all faculties of the UZH, which promotes independent scientific reflection and innovation on questions of digital transformation. It prepares UZH students to help shape the digital transformation, engages in regular discourse with the public and supports policy-making on digital transformation issues.

The DSI Community Gaming was founded in 2021. Since then, we have been building up the community, came together for a successful kick-off event and since then are planning future projects, meetings and events.

The DSI has a budget for every community to finance community intern projects. In the first year, the following two proposals received funding:

  • DSI Fellowship on game-driven
  • gamified learning environments

Get in touch

Questions, inputs or just want to get to know us? Contact us here.

Membership in the DSI Community Mobility is open to researchers affiliated with a Swiss university. For other individuals, membership is conditional on an ongoing cooperation with the DSI Community. To become a member of a DSI Community, membership in the DSI Network is required. Please follow this link.

An insight into our work

Vanessa Camillieri (together with Tanja Samardžić) is working on exploring more in-depth the type of game-driven or gamified environment which would best be of benefit to an audience of higher education students taking on beginner programming courses. For more information on the project click on the link below.