I’m Professor for Game Computing at the Johannes Kepler University Linz and hold positions at the Eindhoven University of Technology and Ontario Tech University. My research interests lie at the intersection of games user research, data analytics, and information visualization. My work particularly centers on understanding player behavior in games and on researching methods to explore and communicate the collected data to derive actionable insights for game design and development. As part of this, I’m working on data visualizations to support the analysis of increasingly large-scale player behavioral datasets used in game analytics. My work has been published in international journals and conference proceedings, such as CHI, CHI PLAY, FDG, Computers & Graphics, and Entertainment Computing.

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Recent Book

Data Analytics Applications in Gaming and Entertainment seeks to provide a cross section of current data analytics applications in game production. It is intended as a companion for practitioners, academic researchers, and students seeking knowledge on the latest practices in game data mining. A total of 25 authors from industry and academia have contributed 12 chapters covering topics such as player profiling, approaches for analyzing player communities and their social structures, matchmaking, churn prediction and customer lifetime value estimation, communication of analytical results, and visual approaches to game analytics. Read more ...

Latest Publications

Through Space and Time: Spatio-Temporal Visualization of MOBA Matches
Adam Šufliarsky, Günter Walllner, Simone Kriglstein
IFIP Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2023 [DOI] [Research Gate]
Beyond the Game: Charting the Future of Game Data Science
Günter Wallner, Anders Drachen
ACM Games: Research and Practice 1(1) [DOI] [Research Gate]
Introducing QRogue: Teaching Quantum Computing Using a Rogue-like Game Concept
Michael Artner, Guenter Wallner, Robert Wille
Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games [DOI] [Research Gate]
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