Games, Heritage, Arts, & Sport: the economic, social, and cultural value of the European videogame ecosystem.

GAMEHEARTS seek to maximise the value of the European videogame industry ecosystems (EVGIE) within a wider social context of the creative and cultural industries (CCI). This will consider the importance of the EVGIE in contributing to economic growth, job creation, physical and mental wellbeing, and social and cultural cohesion, by particularly focusing on, how a stronger and closer working relationship between more the traditional and emergent cultural sectors, can work better to create more inclusive and socially responsible cultural experiences. The consortium will offer policy recommendations and roadmaps setting out how the EVGIE can and should develop, and where it could act as a driver for sustained innovation and economic growth. It will utilise an evidence-based approach that focuses not just on videogame development, but rather adopts a holistic ecosystem approach, utilising both established and more innovative methodologies, to consider the competitiveness and development of the EVGIE, and how videogame know-how and technologies could drive innovation in the wider CCI.

In doing so, GAMEHEARTS aim to develop ‘ludic experiences’, to explore possibilities of more inclusive, engaging, and empowering cultural experiences. Working across seven work packages the universities of Salford (UK), Tampere (Finland), Vienna (Austria), Breda University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands), and Wroclaw University of Economics and Business (Poland) will work in partnership with Ubisoft (France) and other major videogame partners and associations to explore current and future trends in the EVGIE. Beyond this, we will work with certain cultural case studies partners to consider how game-related technologies and practices are and could be used to increased access to heritage, the arts, and sport. 

A team from University of Vienna headed by Prof. Katharine Sarikakis is leading the project together with the team from University of Salford.