The Held game, developed by Simon Tiemersma of the Gamelab TU Delft  and game developer Olivier Hokke has won the second prize in the 5th International Educational Games Competition at the ECGBL conference 2017 on 6 October in Austria. The judges rewarded the Held game for its innovativeness, design and impact it creates. The Held game complements the traditional resuscitation training courses given in secondary schools. Heide Lukosch is involved as game researcher and worked in close cooperation with the Dutch Heart Foundation in designing the Held game.

Learning results
Heide Lukosch: ‘Participants find the game much more motivating and more fun in relation to the traditional way of training. We are pleased to find that the Held game demonstrates the same learning results as traditional courses and that players learn in the same pace, no matter their experience with computers or games. This is what made Held stand out in the competition’.

The European Conference on Games Based Learning (ECGBL) was established 12 years ago. ECGBL is generally attended by participants from more than 40 countries and attracts an interesting combination of academic scholars, practitioners, game designers and individuals who are engaged in various aspects of games-based learning and serious games.