Simulation & Gaming Institute

Simulation & Gaming Institute

Director, Scott Martin

Acronym: SGI Website
Unit: College of Visual & Performing Arts (CVPA)
Department: Computer Game Design Program Phone: 703-993-5734
Location: Art & Design Building, RM 2020, 4400 University Drive, MSN 1C3 Fairfax, Virginia 22030

SGI concentrates on game-related applied research and new innovative game company cultivation.


Serious Games Institute @ Mason Founding, July 23rd, 2012

On Monday, July 23rd, Dr. Peter Stearns, the Provost of George Mason University signed an MOU with the University of Coventry UK, Serious Games Institute ( to establish a Serious Games Institute (SGI) at George Mason University, the only SGI in the U.S.

The Serious Games Institute (SGI) @ Mason represents a global partnership from day one, as its founding is in conjunction with the University of Coventry UK, MDA Singapore, and North Western University in South Africa, represents a new international model for industrial/higher education partnerships, combining advanced research with business incubation, digital media clustering and sophisticated networking, training and fabrication/development facilities.

SGI @ will also provide a wonderful opportunity for graduate, and especially undergraduate student research opportunities and internships in serious games across disciplines at Mason, and will also host a university-wide mobile applications development lab available for all students and faculty at Mason.
The term ‘Serious Games’ covers a broad range of applications from 2D education games to totally immersive and code driven 3D environments where users interface with large volumes of data through sophisticated and interactive digital interfaces. This shift towards immersive world applications being used to support education, health and training activities and mobile applications mark the beginning of new challenges that offer real scope for collaborative and multi-disciplinary research solutions, and real opportunities for innovative development.

The SGI @ Mason initiative will expand upon Mason’s strengths in economic development, research, and commercialization of academic initiatives, and is being founded in partnership with the Mason Enterprise Center (MEC), and Mason’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

For more information contact Scott Martin,

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