MED GAIMS
GAmifIcation for Memorable tourist experienceS

About the project

Today’s demanding and discerning tourists don’t want just to observe, they wish to experience places. This experiential tourism trend is relevant to off-season travellers who choose this time of the year not only to lower costs but also to avoid crowds and increase chances for authentic interactions with locals. That's why MED GAIMS project will develop games in physical and virtual format to create experiences for tourists, giving a necessary competitive edge to the attractiveness of less-known sites. The project seeks to increase tourism flows, covering all niches and segments like off-season travellers, creating jobs opportunities and start-ups for game entrepreneurs. Gamification is culturally sensitive – we do not all have the same sense of what is fun – so multicultural, cross-border evaluation of the initiatives will be performed by the project before opening them up to international tourists. Eventually, 40 games will be selected and implemented in 12 tourism sites from 8 destinations.

Key information

MED GAIMS
GAmifIcation for Memorable tourist experienceS
A.1 Business and SMEs development
A.1.3 Sustainable tourism
Lebanon, Spain, Italy, Jordan

Financial data

2.3 million
Total budget
2.1 million
EU contribution
%
10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

7
Partners
4
Countries
12
Technical outputs

Project duration

Start date
End date

Partnership

News

Events

Library

Project outputs

Documents

Videos

What will be improved?

As the project heavily relies on local communities to conceptualize and implement games, through self-employment or startups, for both high (technological) and low-skilled (manual, organizational) individuals, new employment/business opportunities will be created for young people, women and local SMEs. The project will also influence the improvement of tourism reputation of concerned destinations offering enhanced experiences tested at the cultural level, fostering the exploration of more sites, longer stays and return visits.

Who will benefit?

  • 40 public actors (tourism destination managers, site managers, tourism policy officials)
  • 40 private actors (from local civil society organizations, cultural and industry associations, schools, SMEs) involved in game design and game implementation as well as in business support activities
  • Job seekers and young graduates
     

Expected achievements

  • 1 technical seminar on "Experiential Tourism"
  • 2 ideas competition for creative and cultural operators
  • 8 creative labs for games design
  • 8 hackathons for games development
  • 40 pilot initiatives (game applications developed for tourist sites)
  • 8 experiential tourism strategies 
  • 1 gamification toolkit to support current and future game entrepreneurs
     
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A research assistant assignment is open at MED GAIMs-Lebanon

The American University of Beirut (AUB) is seeking to hire a person as a research assistant for MED GAIMS project for a duration of 2 months. Deadline to apply: 24/09/2021

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MED GAIMS-Lebanon: Gain a constructional perspective of invasion defense system

The Fidar Tower is part of the medieval coastline defensive network composed of a chain of fortified cities, castles and towers which have visual contact between them. Play an…

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Be the architect of a Medieval castle says MED GAIMS-Lebanon

After playing the “Architect” game, the player will learn what materials, site location, and construction techniques would give the constructed fort an advantage during invasions.

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MED GAIMS-Spain is shedding light on active women of past history

Thanks to the gamified experience currently under development in the Museum Víctor Balaguer: Surge et Ambula, the active actions of many XIXth Century female characters in Vil…

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I can see myself in the video game: thank you Holoportation and thank you MED GAIMS

i2CAT Foundation is implementing Holoportation technology for remote multiplayer games. captured in real-time, players are fully immersed in a VR/AR/XR world that is projectin…

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MED GAIMS supports gamification entrepreneurs: meet Sondos Al Rqibat, a game deisgner from Jordan

Sondos Al Rqibat is sharing her story of own fascination in the site of Umm Qais and how MED GAIMS supported turning her creativity into mor…

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MED GAIMS: market survey about supply of urban-role playing game management software

Fondazione Alghero – Musei Eventi Turismo Arte, partner of the MED GAIMS project is conducting market survey about supply of urban-role playing game management software (APP)

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Italy: MED GAIMS launches a playful itinerary to discover the city of Alghero

The act of play has become a central concept to enhance participatory processes among citizens and visitors fostering a new way to explore Alghero and interact with its cultur…

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MED GAIMS allows the fascination of the details of heritage sites

The architectural details of Mseilha fort are fascinating. Narrow steps cut into the rock lead to the fort; these steps lead to a terrace at entrance of the fort. A small door…

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Meet Rand Agha, programmer, game designer and winner of MED GAIMS hackthon in Jordan

"The MED GAIMS grant helped me in making the Gadara Spinner Idea come true. Although I heard a lot about EU funding, but never thought I would win one. I realize now that…

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A historic love story between a sailor and a net weaver is being told in MED GAIMS

SoulsVR is a 1st person Virtual reality immersive experience where the players are holoported inside a virtual environment representing the Victor Balaguer library and must so…

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MED GAIMS Spain: Agency of Secrets based on real facts

Storytelling is effective in connecting with audience; thanks to the use of narrative elements. When using real historical facts as a basis for a new narrative, the story becomes more solid.

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Job vacancy for expert in cultural heritage gamification strategies within MED GAIMS – Lebanon

As part of MED GAIMS (gamification in tourism) , the Directorate General of Antiquities (DGA) - Lebanon hires an external Cultural Heritage …

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MED GAIMS is inviting you to help commander Saladin to deliver his message

The road to heaven game player will have to investigate what the Templars are after and collect all the artifacts that were stolen, and place them in the appropriate shrine fo…

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Spain: MED GAIMS introduces a real-time holoporation platform during Mobile World Congress 2021

HoloMIT is a novel solution to provide a complete holoportation service where users, remotely connected, are represented as volumetric video…

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MED GAIMS: Financial manager vacancy available in Lebanon

As part of the MED GAIMS project requirements, the Directorate General of Antiquities - Lebanon is seeking to hire a financial manager. The assignment should cover the period until the end of the project in 202…

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Spain: MED GAIMS touristic gamified experiences tested by end-users

Visitors of the 2021 edition of the Mobile Week in the city Vilanova i la Geltrú had the opportunity to test the touristic gamified experiences developed by MED GAIMS project.

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Knight Templar is using MEDGAIMS to gather pieces of a treasure and flee to Cyprus

Education is a high-priority in “Save the Treasure”. After every treasure item is found, it is shown in 3D using Augmented-Reality and a short audio is played describing aspec…

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Gamification and museums: an interesting combination by MED GAIMS in Spain

Gamification in museums is not just about the use of technology, but about turning the visitor into an active subject that interacts with the exhibitions.

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Play X-O and bowling games in Fidar Tower, Lebanon with MED GAIMS project

Future visitors of the Fidar Tower will experience two games, which are very similar to our modern-day X-O and bowling games.

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[MED GAIMS] Discover Umm Quais in Jordan through a digital board game

Tracing History is a board game with gridded squares containing written information and pictures about main features of the 'Umm Qais' archeological site.

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Spain: MED GAIMS supports launching of CREA & PLAY, a new gamification and virtual reality center

A pioneer initiative in Catalonia will be materialized at the end of summer with ten gamified experiences in the field of cultural tourism d…

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MED GAIMS is gamifying the tourism experience with “Save the Castle” game applied at Saida Sea Castle in Lebanon

Despite its unique location and rich history, Saida Sea Castle is not receiving the attention it deserves. “Save the Castle” game will shed …

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Lebanon: Sidon Sea Castle, an 800-year history is back into the game thanks to MED GAIMS project

After 800 years of serving as a safe house to all types of refugees, today, the Sea Castle of Sidon stands out as a key monument on the tour…

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Discover the gastronomy of Vilanova i la Geltrú with MED GAIMS project

The tour operator 'Turismo Vivencial' is developing a game to discover the gastronomy of Vilanova i la Geltrú. An opportunity to play, eat and enjoy the destination …

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MED GAIMS supports the development of an immersive experience through the holoportation technology

i2CAT is developing a 1st-person VR immersive experience where the players are holoported inside a virtual environment and are required to a…

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How to grasp 800 years of rich history? "Try to play it", says MED GAIMS project

The Department of Antiquities of Jordan is restoring the walls of Ajlun’s Castle, enriching the presentation of its 800 years of history utilizing the concept of gamification.

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Lebanon: MED GAIMS is reviving the water mill in Mseilha Castle

The “Mill Game” is as a serious game providing entertainment, yet at the same time educating its players on the operation of this historical food processing tool.

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External evaluator vacancy for the mid-term evaluation of MED GAIMS implementation

The leading partner of project MED GAIMS, American University at Beirut, needs to perform a mid-term project evaluation of implementation.

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MED GAIMS revives the House of Umm Qais in Jordan

The concept of experiential tourism is applicable to the deserted House of Umm Qais to revive the last century’s life of style and make it exposed to tourists.

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MED GAIMS is strategizing collective gamified experiences

Having 10 gamified experiences concurrently played in one destination requires an intervention with the game ecosystem. Vilanova i la Geltrú is setting the basis for the concept of one game, one purpose.

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Neàpolis-Spain is recruiting an app developer under MED GAIMS project

Neàpolis, the Innovation Agency of Vilanova i la Geltrú, is seeking professional support in application development of gamified touristic experiences.

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MED GAIMS is developing “THE GRANDPA”, a game to promote the historical heritage of Vilanova I la Geltrú - Spain

The Ludi Artis team, winner of MED GAIMS hackathon in Spain, are re-introducing the history of Spanish Civil War and post war using a rich g…

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Italy: MED GAIMS supports designers in developing tourism-targeted games

With the granting of 60,000 euros to startups, MED GAIMS enters its most creative phase with the opportunity to present the attractiveness of the city of Alghero, Italy.

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MED GAIMS is igniting touristic prominence to a forgotten castle in Lebanon

One might have heard of Mussaylha castle but never actually visisted it. MED GAIMS will not only highlight the touristic site, but it will also enrich tourists with a gamified…

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MED GAIMS develops new immersive technology to enhance tourism and cultural experiences

The i2CAT Foundation is working on the application of holoportation, a novel immersive technology, to experience museums and touristic locations.

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MED GAIMS: Spanish university professors are developing a detective gamebook

Experts in gamification are developing a gamebook application titled "The Seventh Book". Using a detective storytelling approach, the application promotes tourism in…

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Tourism development: MED GAIMS releases online adventure game

The game will take you through key touristic sites in Spain, Italy, Lebanon and Jordan.

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Jordan: the ancient city of Gadara is blooming again with MED GAIMS project

Gamification is exhibiting potential revolution in historic tourism. MED GAIMS is bringing this revolution to the ancient city of Gadara, Jordan.

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MED GAIMS at Lucca Games & Comics

MED GAIMS will shed light on how different countries and different cultural heritages are using and implementing new products - the games - to enhance their tourism offer.

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MED GAIMS presented at LuBeC 2020

LuBeC is the international meeting dedicated to the knowledge and development of cultural heritage – technology – tourism, which takes place every year in Lucca, during the second week of October.

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MED GAIMS at the TurisTIC forum in Barcelona

“Towards new models of tourism. Technological solutions aimed at breaking up concentrations of tourists and promoting off-season tourism“ is the slogan of the 2020 edition.

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MED GAIMS: introducing the concept of analog game at Umm Qais archaeological site, Jordan

The Department of Antiquities (DoA) of Jordan and Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) held a workshop at the Um Qais archaeological site on Monday October 5th. …

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MED GAIMS: webinar on Grant Opportunities to Gamify Tourism in Jordan

Registration is now open for the webinar on Gamification in Tourism: Opportunities in Jordan on 13 September. The webinar will highlight 5 grants for game development between …

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Gamification of tourism: the MED GAIMS grant competition is open!

The MED GAIMS project is pleased to announce the launching of a competition to award 20 grants – worth 10,000-15,000 euro per grant - to support the development of physical an…

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MED GAIMS: webinar on Grant Opportunities to Gamify Tourism in Lebanon

The MED GAIMS project is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the webinar on Gamification in Tourism: Opportunities in Lebanon to take place on Friday, Septem…

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MED GAIMS: webinar on funding opportunities for the gaming sector

On 21st of August, Fondazione Alghero organizes a webinar on tourism and gamification to disseminate subgrants opportunities in Italy.

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MED GAIMS to award 20 grants for game development

Grant size will be between 10,000-15,000 euro for the development of physical and virtual games which have the potential to revolutionize tourism experiences.

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Tourism and gamification: MED GAIMS webinar on 17 July

If you are an entrepreneur, a creator or a game experience designer, this webinar is for you. Reserve your place today to discover all the opportunities of the MED GAIMS project.

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MED GAIMS is looking for an external auditor

Deadline for the submission of offers is 20 July 2020.

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MED GAIMS: funding opportunities for game designers

MED GAIMS will soon launch a competition to offer 20 grants for analog and digital game development in order to increase the attractiveness of less known tourist sites.

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08 June 2020
MED GAIMS: 'Fondazione Alghero' is looking for an external auditor

Deadline for the receipt of expressions of interest is 11 June 2020.

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01 June 2020
MED GAIMS and the value of video games in time of global COVID-19 pandemic

The pandemic has shown the strategic importance of video games that can help communities stay in touch through multiplayer modes, as highlighted by the WHO campaign #PlayApart…

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11 March 2020
Lebanon's MED GAIMS Touristic Sites Announcement

Three sites have been selected to offer a new interactive experience to tourists and locals alike using analog and digital games.

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10 March 2020
MED GAIMS: market survey

MED GAIMS has launched an expression of interest for the design of digital and analog games dedicated to the tourist/cultural sites identified in the Italian city of Alghero.

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07 February 2020
Gamification of tourism: MED GAIMS awareness events for game designers and developers

The project objectives and funding opportunities for game designers and developers were presented during events in Italy, Jordan, Lebanon and Spain.

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06 January 2020
Let the “GAIMS” begin!

The MED GAIMS project aims to revamp tourism in the Mediterranean region by shifting the paradigm of tourism to an active interaction rather than a passive one. This will be achieved through gamification.