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Anders Drachen

  • PhD (Computer Science)
  • Associate Professor
  • Aalborg University
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  • 974CitationsNumber of citations received by Anders's publications. Updated daily.

Recent publications

  • Social aspects of the game development process in the global gam jam

    • Pirker J
    • Punz A
    • Lesjak I
    • et al.
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  • What moves players? Visual data exploration of Twitter and gameplay data

    • Drescher C
    • Wallner G
    • Kriglstein S
    • et al.
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Professional experience

Associate Professor

Aalborg Universitet

March 2015 - Present

Assistant Professor

Aalborg Universitet

January 2013 - February 2015(2 years)

Lead Analyst

Game Analytics

March 2011 - October 2014(4 years)

Associate Professor

Northeastern University

January 2013 - December 2013(a year)

Assistant Professor

Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University

June 2011 - January 2013(2 years)

Visiting Researcher

Department of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School

August 2010 - June 2011(10 months)

Post. Doctoral Research Fellow

Center for Computer Games Research, IT University of Copenhagen

January 2008 - February 2010(2 years)


Macquarie University, Department of Computer Science

January 2005 - January 2008(3 years)

Editor and information specialist

Faculty of Natural Sciences, Copenhagen University

January 1998 - February 2004(6 years)


Dragon Consulting

March 1999 - January 2004(5 years)


Assistant Professor Programme in Teaching and Pedagogical Competence

Copenhagen Business School Learning Lab

February 2008 - January 2010(2 years)

PhD (Computer Science)

Macquarie University

January 2005 - September 2008(4 years)

MSc. (Geosciences

University of Copenhagen

November 2001 - April 2004(2 years)

BSc. (Geosciences)

University of Copenhagen

August 1998 - January 2001(2 years)


Anders Drachen, Ph.D. is a veteran Data Scientist, Game Analytics consultant at The Pagonis Network, and also currently serves as Associate Professor at Aalborg University (Denmark). His work in the game industry as well as in data and game science is focused on game analytics, business intelligence for games, esports analytics, monetization, data mining, game user experience, industry economics, business development and game user research. His research and professional work is carried out in collaboration with companies spanning the industry. He writes about analytics on His writings can also be found on the pages of trade publications such as and His research has been covered by international media, including Wired, Kotaku and Forbes. His research work was recognized with a best paper award at MindTrek in 2009 and at AIIDE in 2015. He has organized several international conferences and workshops and served on dozens of conference committees. He is a former Lead Analyst for SaaS provider Game Analytics. He is one of the most published scientists worldwide on game analytics, virtual economics, user research, game data mining, and user profiling, having authored >100 research publications on these topics. He is also editor of “Game Analytics – Maximizing the Value of Player Data”, a compendium of insights from more than 50 top experts in industry and research. He is a former member of the board of the IGDA SIG on Game User Research.


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