Our Ecosystem

The Games Institute is, first and foremost, an ecosystem to support and drive research. As much as our efforts revolve around giving researchers the best chance possible to succeed, we also depend on our researchers to enhance our ecosystem. 

Research drives the Games Institute’s ability to offer facilities and equipment, disseminate research, and expand our research networks. Everything we do boils down to the simple understanding that all of our activities, at any level, must be mutually beneficial for the Games Institute, our members and our partners. 

Facilities and Equipment

Presenting the Games InstituteIn its most basic form, research drives the institute’s ability to maintain a physical presence at the University of Waterloo. Simply put, if we didn’t have members generating research at the GI, we wouldn’t be able to keep the space and continue to grow term after term. 

Our equipment is funded in large part through partnerships and grants awarded to researchers. Equipment like the 3D printer, VR headsets, game consoles, and touch-screens are housed in the space and available for our members to use. 

A key part of the Games Institute’s interdisciplinary research ecosystem are co-located research labs. Students and faculty researchers benefit from ongoing collaboration, exchange of knowledge and ideas as they take advantage of the co-located labs and other research infrastructure. Access to all labs is centrally managed by GI administrative staff and is fully open to the entire membership of the Institute. Currently, the list of labs fully integrated into the GI premises includes: the 3D Printing Facility Lab, the Haptic Experience Lab, the Presentation Room, the Immersion Room, the Living Room Lab, and the VR-Storytelling Lab. Learn more about our labs here. 

Events and Activities

Collaboration at the GI

We believe that collaborative projects emerge from people connecting at research-related events, which not only elevates the members involved, but also enhances the GI’s ecosystem.

The GI hosts numerous events including public-facing research talks from our members, academic guest lectures, expert panel discussions; and supports student and faculty lead initiatives such as game jams, tournaments, roundtables, and workshops. GI events work to advance our knowledge mobilization agenda, curating an environment where our members  benefit from learning and connecting with academics across disciplines, while also allowing the Waterloo community to come in and engage with us.

Check out our previous events on our YouTube page and check out the Event tab for upcoming events.

If you’d like to work with the GI to host an event, please fill out this form.

Research Networks

Research generated by our faculty, students and alumni allows the Games Institute to grow our portfolio and connect with broader networks. Our members propels us to an international stage for us to tap into a global network of academics and industry partners. When we provide a platform for our members to disseminate their work, we have two main goals: we aim to allow our members to connect with a larger audience, and to elevate the GI’s international reputation.

Our partners are vital to our growth. Through collaborative partnerships, we're able to support ongoing research activities and build a relationship with academia and the globe. The more we grow, the more our researchers benefit from being connected with us, the more research they can produce, which, in turn, allows us to grow more. 

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