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Learn how ArcGIS can be used to build games.

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ArcGIS can be used to develop games but also to build game scenarios as you will find on this page.

  • Oculus Rift – Building realistic 3D environments with Esri CityEngine because virtual reality is all about location and a sense of place. (Esri CityEngine and Oculus Rift)
  • Building Virtual Environments – Designing future buildings, roads, cities, and parks with video game contributions. (GIS and Gaming** – Matt Artz)
  • Geoguessr – Embarking on an educational journey that takes you all over the world (Geoguessr)
  • Mercator Projection Game – Learning about shape, size, and conformity of the Earth with map projections.
  • Spatial Data Integration – Intersecting the gaming world with rich, real-world, spatial data integration.
  • Planet Hunters – Finding undiscovered planets with crowd-source style online games. (Planet Hunters)

Extracted from 1000 GIS Applications & Uses – How GIS Is Changing the World


On and Esri Events you might also find many technical talks related to this industry.

Event Title Length
DevSummit 2018 High-End 3D Visualization with CityEngine, Unity and Unreal 47min 39secs
DevSummit 2018 Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) with ArcGIS 1h 3min 25secs
DevSummit 2018 Building 3D Streets, Parks and Open Spaces with CityEngine 49min 26secs
DevSummit 2017 Exploring Virtual Reality (VR) with ArcGIS 56min 49secs
GeoDesign Summit 2014 Engaged Geodesign in the Forgotten Quarter of Pennsylvania 8min 25secs
GeoDesign Summit 2010 Ola Ahlqvist: GeoGames—Board Game Metaphors for GIS 5min 54secs

City Engine videos:


More slides in or check on GeoNet.

The ArcGIS Platform offer more than 200 products and solutions, the most popular ones for gaming are:

Content for this industry

Awesome projects and cool demos

Many of this demos are available at the Esri's Prototype Lab Portal and the Esri UK Map Labs team.

Educational games / Serious games

  • Name that landmark: The aim of the game is to guess a location from aerial imagery by scratching off a panel obscuring it. The more that is scratched the less a player scores. A player also scores less points the longer they take to name the location.

  • MapQuiz:The game that tests your geographic literacy (article)

  • GeoJigsaw: GeoJigsaw is a JS-based web app that allows users to create, rate and play geo-jigsaws puzzles. (article)

  • A Game of Geodesics: Find the location that is equidistant to three random cities

  • Pin-tail: Pin the tail on the map is inspired by the well known party game 'pin the tail on the donkey'

  • Interactive Puzzles (Europe , U.S. States, Portugal & Brazil ): Drag the countries from the right side to the right position on the map.

  • Smart Beetles (video | presentation | iOS app | Android App): Video game to promote smart cities. Objective is that people know in a playful way the services offered by smart cities.

  • The Geography Puzzle (.EXE)

Entertainment games



Additional resources

Probably not all the resources are in this list, please use the ArcGIS Search tool looking for: "game".

You might also find interesting content from some Esri users or groups in ArcGIS Online

Localized resources


You might also want to check this emerging technologies: Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.

Or this book: Geogames and Geoplay - Game-based Approaches to the Analysis of Geo-Information.

Size Comparison in Video Game Maps

Partners and startups

Organizations and the type of relation with this industry or technologies:

Company Relation type Country
VRBN Services (City Engine) Switzerland
Solusoft Services (Mobile SDKs) Spain

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