I often use it in blended learning. Here is one way to use it.
You start with an short introduction.
The students can play in smaller groups.
When you meet them after they have started playing they are stuffed with emotions, thoughts and questions after experiences in the game. Now it is big fun for the teacher to gather the students for a seminar and have interesting discussions.
And now the students go on playing with more knowledge.
As the students get more experienced you can discuss the relation of the game to the real world.
The students can try to play with different strategies, for example as an independent artist.
This method gives a higher learning frequency compared to if the students only sit for themselves and play.