Although most educational game researchers have focused on the educational benefits of playing computer games and the design of learning games or game-based learning environments, an increasing number of educators and researchers have explored the educational potential of engaging learners in designing games over the last decade. The literature provides evidence that game design offers a rich context for developing many real-world skills, including design thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, and perspective-taking skills. In addition, research shows that game design fosters students’ self-esteem, improves their understanding of programming concepts as well as academic content, provides a low threshold entrance into the world of programming, and helps them to develop a realistic view of game design as a career.

Research studies report that game design can have a positive impact on teachers as well as on students. It appears that game design helps teachers to better understand the educational potential of digital games, positively influences their self-efficacy and attitude towards the use of digital games in the classroom, and improves their understanding of and attitude towards constructionist gaming. In addition, engaging teachers in game design is an effective way to understand their preferences and perspectives on the design and development of digital game-based learning.