Play the City

Play the City uses gaming to engage multiple stakeholders in resolving complex urban challenges.

Changing the way we engage stakeholders, Play the City designs physical games as a method for collaborative decision making and conflict resolution. We tailor our games according to the questions of our clients. These can relate to large urban projects, refugee camps, violence prevention and other multi-stakeholder challenges societies face.

We use gaming as a problem-solving method bringing top down decision makers together with bottom up stakeholders. In the accessible environment of games, freed from the jargons, various ideas, plans and projects meet, conflict and collaborate towards negotiated outcomes.

We believe gaming is the real alternative to standard formats of public consultation in the 21st century. Our method has been acknowledged internationally and has been implemented for large-scale projects in Amsterdam, Istanbul, Brussels and Cape Town. You can gain more insight by clicking our projects page.

Please enjoy here TEDx talk of Ekim Tan -founder, Play the City:


Best assessment for an organisation comes from her partners, customers and media. Read below how others experience our approach and services:

Marco Geretto, Planning Department, City of Cape Town

“Play the City brought an innovative game-playing approach to planning and development in Cape Town. They managed to engage stakeholders from different backgrounds on difficult issues. Trust was built up for future projects and engagements.”


Gareth Mitchell, Click, BBC World Service

“How to Make Smart Cities even Smarter? Bringing the City Planning into a Game, this is a big idea that will change the future of our cities.”


Bram Vermeulen, Africa Reporter, NRC Handelsblad

“Ekim Tan, a Turkish woman living in the Netherlands, offers policymakers the solution. All interested parties are invited around a play table reminiscent of a large monopoly board to defend their interests, and negotiate with others.”


Claudine Farago Taylor, La Gazette

“In Amsterdam, dialogue becomes a Game. Play the City is the creed of the city, a future champion of consultation for transport infrastructure and major public services.”


Matthew Lefevre, Director, New Cities Foundation

“Play the City is part of the Do It Yourself City. They don’t wait for governments or big companies to tell them what to do.”