The team at iThrive Games partners with scientists, teens, and game developers. Current projects are featured here:

The science of thriving through gameplay

iThrive Games’ work is rooted in—and seeks to advance—science at the intersection of teen development, social and emotional skills, positive psychology, gameplay, and game design. We collaborate with top researchers in these fields to explore how great video games can support teen flourishing.

Game design with teens, for teens

In Game Design Studios, teens are players, developers, and researchers of games. They learn the essentials of design thinking and how to test games for player experience and impact. And they inform iThrive Games’ development of new game titles.

Game jams

Game jams are intensive sessions that draw diverse developers together to generate game prototypes. iThrive Games sponsors game jams for developers centered on the theme of positive habits. These jams produce prototypes of games with the potential to “bake in” opportunities for thriving.

Design Hives

iThrive Design Hives are think tanks with some of the best game developers and scholars in the industry. We come together to explore where principles of great game design meet meaningful, growth-oriented play.

Design tools for developers

What inspires game developers to design for fun and for growth? With expert developer feedback, iThrive Games offers a set of design tools that outline themes and mechanics that have the potential to build skills teens need to thrive.

New Game Titles

iThrive Games collaborates with award-winning game studios to develop fun and engaging titles for teens that empower them to take charge of their social and emotional growth and practice habits like empathy that support well-being.


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