Fares Kayali is a game designer and researcher living and working in Vienna, Austria, and holds a PhD in computer science. Fares has headed the design of several digital games, which were finalists at IndieCade and the Independent Games Festival and has presented his work at renowned international conferences including Games for Change, GDC, GLS, Games for Health, and DiGRA. He works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Vienna University of Technology and the University of Applied Arts Vienna, and he is co-founder of the Positive Impact Games Lab.. Fares lectures in game design at several Austrian universities and is principal investigator of the game-based learning project “Sparkling Games” and the art-based research project “Breaking the Wall - Playful interfaces for Music Audience Participation ”. His research interests include game design, music and interactivity, serious and positive impact games, media, and game art as well as topics around HCI at the intersection of health care and technology.


  • Principle investigator of the Breaking The Wall project since autumn 2015
  • Principle investigator of the Sparkling Games project since spring 2015
  • Lecturer of the seminar "Gameful Design" since 2012
  • Project assistant since 2011

Contact information

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M fares@igw.tuwien.ac.at)
T +43 (0)1 58801 18787
F +43 (0)1 58801 918743

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