Prof. Dr. Sonia Fizek is a games and media scholar. She holds a professorship in Media and Game Studies at the Cologne Game Lab at TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences (Germany). Fizek is also a co-editor-in-chief of the international Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds and a visiting research professor at the University of Lower Silesia in Poland. In her latest book Playing at a Distance (MIT Press 2022), she explores the borderlands of video game aesthetic with focus on automation, AI and posthuman play. She is also the principal investigator of “Greening Games”, an international project on the sustainability of video games ( She has over fourteen years of experience as a researcher and educator at a variety of higher education institutions across Europe.