Researcher | video games / esports / hci

Hi, I’m Sven and I research video game related experiences at the AP University of Applied Sciences & Arts in Antwerp, Belgium. There I co-lead two research projects to improve esports team experiences and the video game spectator experience. I also teach Game Development and UX Design. Next to my academic activities I play video games with my family and dabble in music creation. Want to learn more or collaborate? Get in touch!

CHIRA 2023 E3 Workshop: Enhancing Esports Experiences

Laura Herrewijn and I are co-chairing the new E3 workshop at CHIRA, Rome, Italy. Together with our amazing program committee (Simone Kriglstein, Günter Wallner and Pejman Mirza-Babei), we are looking for contributors who are working in the diverse field of esports research! More info at and!

Game Usability 2nd Edition: the Definitive Book

I co-authored a chapter in the book Game Usability: Advice from the Experts for Advancing UX Strategy and Practice in Videogames 2nd Edition. Go get it on Amazon (US / UK / DE / FR / NL : affiliate links).

CHI 2020 eSports Spectator Workshop

In April 2020 we organised the Be Part Of It: Spectator Experience in Gaming and eSports workshop which was supposed to be hosted at the CHI 2020 conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. Sadly enough CHI 2020 was cancelled but we held an online alternative. We had some great talks and amazing papers, which you can check out here.

eSports x dataviz

In October 2019 I had the chance to present some of my work at the Game UX Summit ’19, Lille, France. An impressive audience of 300+ UX and video game experts! You can view my presentation titled “Designing for the Audience: Real-time eSports Dashboards” below. Want to learn more? Always happy to chat.

Data Visualization & User Experience Basics

If you are interested in learning the basics of data visualization and/or user experience design, I created a one hour crash course on Skillshare! Questions about the course, or looking for more in-depth training? Feel free to contact me!