Steffen earned his M.A. degree in cultural anthropology, rhetoric,
and political science at the University of Tübingen, Germany. Recently, he has
earned his doctoral degree in CAAD from the ETH Zurich, where he is a
research associate, as well as a fellow of the
ACTlab at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.
He lectures about, heads workshops, and publishes on topics such as
serious & pervasive game design, the relationship of space-time
& games, convergent entertainment, the history of entertainment
architecture, media rhetoric, as well as surveillance & games.
Steffen has been a Forum Nokia Champion
since 2007, a co-founder of the B.A. Game Design study program at the
Zurich University for the Arts (ZHdK), as well as a price winner of the
International Bauhaus Award 2002 for his pioneering serious pervasive
game M.A.D. Countdown.
In 2000, Steffen's firm playbe has started consulting concerning convergent and cross media entertainment
concepts, and business endeavors. With his other company, playbe
records, and under the pseudonym Steffen Strom, Steffen has been
experimenting with alternative music distribution games.
Steffen participated in the V2_ Space Time Play event on May 2, 2008.