The Observatory of Communication, Video Games and Entertainment (OCVE) was formally established on april 2014, building on ongoing work of professors at the Institut de la Comunicació de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and professors at University of Vic – University Central of Catalonia. However is an open group and has the participation of members of other institutions and universities and sometimes, members of companies from the sector.

The OCVE houses a multi-disciplinary research group with backgrounds in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Computer Science. The group performs basic and applied research, approaching games from a variety of perspectives including theoretical analysis, design, ethnographic, qualitative approaches, AI, interfaces and player experience. The group investigates digital games, virtual worlds and related phenomena and integrates the research in Digital Communication and Digital Game Studies. The OCVE also promotes collaboration, diffusion and dissemination of these research areas. The group is led by Dr. Ruth S. Contreras Espinosa (University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia).

The group has participated in national and international events, and is currently involved in game studies, conference committees and Scientific Committees, but also, organises national and international events giving a wide group of people the opportunity to know more about the field of video games.

Points of special interest

-OCVE leads the study: Usability and user experience (UX) methodologies used by games companies.

-OCVE, in partnership with INCOM-UAB Press, publishes the open access and refereed,
the eBooks InCom-UAB at Portal comunicacion.com.

-OCVE, in partnership with  Centro de pesquisa e desenvolvimento Comunidades Virtuais investigates digital games and virtual worlds.

-OCVE Digital Library provides an open access archival service for research papers and proceedings from a variety of academic venues including OCVEs workshops.

Founding Partners


Ruth S. Contreras Espinosa. Director/Founder (University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia).
Sergi Grau (University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia).
Ignasi Coll (University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia).
Francesc Xavier Ribes. Founder (Autonomous University of Barcelona).
Juan Luis Lopez Aranguren (InCom, Autonomous University of Barcelona).
Jose Luis Terron. Founder (Autonomous University of Barcelona).
Jose Luis Eguia Gómez (Polytechnic University of Catalonia).
Emiliano Labrador (La Salle University).
Eva Villegas (La Salle University).
Oscar García Panella (ENTI-Universitat de Barcelona).
Antonella Frisiello (Istituto Superiore Mario Boella).

External partners
Alexandre Pereda (Eurecat).
Ramon Reig (University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia).
Cristina Boralleras (University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia).
Lluis Solano Albajes (Polytechnic University of Catalonia).
Licinio Roque (Universidade de Coimbra).
Ana Paula Afonso (Universidade de Coimbra).
Ana Amélia Carvalho (Universidade de Coimbra).
Nelson Zagalo (University of Minho).
Arlete Dos Santos Petry (Universidade de São Paulo).
Beatriz Marcano (Universidad Internacional de la Rioja).
Francisco Ignacio Revuelta Domínguez (Universidad de Extremadura).
Francisco José Gallego Duran (Universidad de Alicante).
Frutuoso Silva (Universidade da Beira Interior).
Luís Paulo Reis (University of Minho).
Óscar Mealha (Universidade de Aveiro).
Renato Hildebrand (Universidade Estadual de Campinas).
Emiliano Labrador (Universidad La Salle).
Isa Coutinho (Universidade do Estado da Bahia).
Andersen Caribé (Universidade do Estado da Bahia).
David Reifs (Seidor Lab).
Arnau Gifreu  (UPF)
Flavio Escribano (GECON).
Marta Fernandez (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos).
Gonzalo Frasca (Universidad ORT de Montevideo).
Lynn Alves (Universidade do Estado da Bahia).
Clara Fernández (NYU).
José Zagal (University of Utah).

ENTI. Escola de Noves Tecnologies Interactives.
JamToday. Learning to change learning.
DEV. Asociación Española de Empresas Productoras y Desarrolladoras de Videojuegos.