​Gamification in Sustainability Judge - ​Ercan Altuğ Yilmaz

​16th September 2019

Ercan Altug Yilmaz


​​We caught up with one of our amazing judges for the Gamification in Sustainability award…​Ercan Altuğ Yilmaz!

Find out more about Altu​ğ and his background by reading our interview with him below!


Tell us a little more about yourself and what you do...

Hello to all Gamification lovers! I am a gamification expert and academic from Turkey, Istanbul. I focus on education and technology and have done for more than ten years. For the past five years I have been focusing on my gamification expertise. I currently lecture at three universities, represent Gamfed International, Gamification Federation in Turkey with the Gamification Meetup Conference and Gamification Hackathon.

What has been your favourite project you've worked on to date?

I have worked as a gamification consultant for more than ten projects in the last 3 years.

One of these projects was to help children prepare for their exams. The exams included subjects like maths and science and we created six monsters who travelled with a rocket to ‘Exam Galaxy’. In the project, the rocket was broken so they needed to take exams to fix it and get oil so that the rocket could make it to ‘Exam Galaxy’. We created a persona with real children and had so much fun together!

I also worked for an online retail company where we designed a platform called “Ghost-busters”. In this the ghosts are misplacing products throughout the company, and the busters are the employees. The game created amazing engagement, and the busters who found the items were awarded stickers and mugs etc. not cash though! From the game, the missing items percentage decreased more than 30% in one month. That was a fun too!

​What organisations or charities have you been supporting recently?

I’m member of Gamfed​, International Gamification Federation and represent my country all over the world. I’m also a member of OYUNDER (Turkish Gaming Community).

​What is your personal goal for a more sustainable life in 2019?

I think we should focus on kids. We should design more game-based learning platforms and gamify their living experiences to help make them live a sustainable life!

​Why have you decided to join in on The Gamification Awards and become a judge for 2019?

Thank you for inviting me to become a judge! I am really looking forward to seeing the entries and giving feedback with my expertise. I hope that whoever wins will be a great example to other people who want to involve gamification to their products, businesses and ideas.

​You and your fellow judges have the task of choosing the winners - what are you looking for in an award entry? What will catch your eye?

First of all game design! Within the game design, I like to see a story, fun elements and a great flow of design qualities to enhance the user experience.

​What excites you about gamification and the awards?

Games are very powerful tools that can motivate people. They can enhance people’s real-life experience. Giving awards to great examples of work creates and inspires more exciting examples of work in the future.

​Why do you think entering awards are important?

Receiving feedback from experts is a fantastic way to get personal feedback on your product/game/idea. You also get to see other work that is happening in the industry which can help inspire you or even encourage collaborations!

​What would you say to someone who is dubious of entering the awards?

You should do it!

Finally, what is your favourite game?

I still enjoy all kind of games from my childhood to now. I really liked to play World of Warcraft during my university years, and of course GTA and God of War. Nowadays, I like educational game such as Trivia, Duolingo, Fitbit!

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