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The ConferenceThe Conference

The International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games (FDG) is a major international event. It seeks to promote the exchange of information concerning the foundations of digital games, technology used to develop digital games, and the study of digital games and their design, broadly construed. The goal of the conference is the advancement of the study of digital games, including but not limited to new game technologies, critical analysis, innovative designs, theories on play, empirical studies, and data analysis.

FDG 2018 will include presentations of peer-reviewed papers (with rebuttal process), invited talks by high-profile industry and academic leaders, panels, workshops, and posters. The conference will also host a game competition, tech demo session, and a doctoral consortium. This year’s FDG conference will nominate two papers with honorable mention and one best paper from each track.

Important DatesImportant Dates

FDG 2018 will accept communications in the form of full papers, short papers, workshops, posters, panels, games and demos. Full papers, short papers, and posters will appear in ACM’s digital library and will also be reachable from the conference website. High quality submissions are expected and will be rigorously reviewed for their technical merit, significance, clarity and relevance to the advancement of digital game research.

The date for the conference is 7-10 August 2018, with the following key dates:

Workshop proposals:
  • Submissions: February 12, 2018
  • Notifications: February 26, 2018
Doctoral Consortium:
  • Submissions: May 7, 2018
  • Notifications: May 21, 2018
Full and short papers:
  • Submissions: March 12, 2018
  • Notifications: April 15, 2018
  • Rebuttal due: April 30, 2018
  • Final notification: May 7, 2018
Posters:
  • Submissions: May 14, 2018
  • Notifications: June 4, 2018
Panels:
  • Submissions: May 7, 2018
  • Notifications: May 21, 2018
Games and demos:
  • Submissions: June 11, 2018
  • Notifications: June 25, 2018
Competitions:
  • Submissions: February 28, 2018
  • Notifications: March 5, 2018

OrganizersOrganizers

FDG 2018 will accept communications in the form of full papers, short papers, workshops, posters, panels, games and demos. Full papers, short papers, and posters will appear in ACM’s digital library and will also be reachable from the conference website. High quality submissions are expected and will be rigorously reviewed for their technical merit, significance, clarity and relevance to the advancement of digital game research.

Local Organizers

José Font is a tenured assistant professor at Malmö University and holds a PhD in artificial intelligence from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. His research focuses on artificial intelligence and computational intelligence in games, exploring the ways in which AI can be a productive and creative tool during the video game development process, such as procedural content generation and mixed-initiative creative tools. He is also active in gamification, e-learning, and purposeful games, as well as former manager of the Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering at U-tad.

Website: about.me/josefont

Carl Magnus is a tenured assistant professor at Malmö University, and responsible for the Smart Living application area within the Internet of Things and People research center. He holds a PhD in context-aware systems from the Computer Science and Information Systems Department at the University of Limerick, Ireland. While Carl has published within digital games, the majority of his research has been published outside the digital games sphere, where he manages projects in close collaboration with international industry partners developing mobile and wearable devices and services. This has included gaming, entertainment, and well-being based implementations to understand how human-technology relationships are affected and change over time, as well as how intelligent system design can adapt to this.

Steve Dahlskog is a tenured assistant professor at Malmö University. His main research interest include procedural content generation in games and game AI. Steve holds a PhD in Computer Science and is the program manager of the game developer program at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology. He is also a well-known community member in the Malmö gaming sphere.

Johan is an IT engineer at Malmö University, who also works as a teacher and technical lab manager. He holds an MSc in Computer Science, his thesis exploring AI-driven procedural content generation in mixed-initiative game development tools.

Program committee

Christoph Salge is a Marie Curie Global Fellow, currently on secondment to New York University. His project, INTERCOGAM, is aimed at using information-theoretic intrinsic motivations to evaluate procedurally generated game content. He is generally interested in the intersections between games, AI and philosophy. He holds a PhD from the University of Hertfordshire in “Information Theoretic Models of Social Interaction.”

Website: homepages.herts.ac.uk/~cs08abi

Sebastian Deterding is a designer and researcher working on playful and gameful design for human flourishing.

Website: codingconduct.cc

Sebastian Risi is an Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen where he is part of the Center for Computer Games Research and the Robotics, Evolution and Art Lab (REAL). His interests include computational intelligence in games, neuroevolution, evolutionary robotics and human computation. Risi completed his PhD in computer science from the University of Central Florida. He has won several best paper awards at GECCO, EvoMusArt, IJCNN, and the Continual Learning Workshop at NIPS for his work on adaptive systems, the HyperNEAT algorithm for evolving complex artificial neural networks, and music generation. He was a co-founder of FinchBeak, a company that focused on casual and educational social games enabled by AI technology.

Amy K. Hoover is an assistant professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey. After receiving her Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Central Florida where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, she was a postdoc at the Institute of Digital Games in Malta and with the Playable Innovative Technolgies group at Northeastern University in Boston. Her research interests include computational creativity and artificial intelligence and games. Amy has received two Best Paper Awards at EvoMUSART and Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, and was a Runner-Up for the Best Paper Award at FDG 2017. .

Website: amykhoover.com

Diego Perez-Liebana is a Lecturer in Computer Games and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Essex (UK), where he achieved a Ph.D. in Computer Science (2015). His research focuses on Reinforcement Learning and Evolutionary Computation in Game AI. He is author of more than 50 papers at main conferences and journals, including IEEE CIG, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation and IEEE Transactions on CI and AI in Games. He has organized several international competitions on Game AI for IEEE CIG conferences, such as the Physical Travelling Salesman Problem and the GVGAI Competition. He also served as competitions chair at IEEE CEEC 2015, 2016, Track Chair at nucl.ai 2015 and 2016, IEEE CIG 2016 and 2018, and he’s member of the CIS Student Games-Based Competitions Sub-Committee. He has several years of experience in the videogames industry, working as a games programmer (Revistronic; Spain), with titles published for both PC and consoles and as an AI for videogames developer (Game Brains; Ireland). He has lectured several modules about games development and game AI.

Website: www.diego-perez.net

Annika is a ‘research through design’ academic with a background in computer science and Human-Computer Interaction, who has been researching play and games for about fifteen years. Annika has an extensive background in researching pervasive games, and more recently she has been involved with studying interactive and physical play design for children, adults and families.

Website: katalog.uu.se/empinfo/?id=N13-228

Staffan Björk is a full professor at Göteborg University. He is co-author of the book “Patterns in Game Design” together with Jussi Holopainen. He has been active in promoting user-centred research and game research, being chair of the Swedish HCI organization (STIMDI) between 2004-2006, being one of the founders of the Digital Games Research Association, and co-organizing events such as Spelforum 2003, PerGames 2006, Pergames 2007, Visual Forum 2009, DiGRA 2014-2016.

I'm a game developer, teacher, and game/artificial intelligence researcher based out of Northeastern University and Die Gute Fabrik. My research focuses on using AI in the service of game design. With a background in game design and psychology, I am interested in building AI player models and applying these in game development, testing, and game play and using them to understand players and the craft of making games. I study small-scale game development processes with a strong interest in tools and ecologically valid playtesting. As a co-owner of independent game development studio Die Gute Fabrik, I focus on production, design, and programming of games that are synaesthetic, offbeat, and above all, personal.

Website: christoffer.holmgard.org

Henrik Warpefelt (PhD) is an assistant professor at the Department of Game Design at Uppsala University. His research is centered around non-player characters and generative game narratives.

Senior User Researcher and Data Scientist at Massive Entertainment, a Ubisoft studio. Dr. Alessandro Canossa has been straddling between the game industry and academia for many years.

As Associate Professor at Northeastern University he employed psychological theories of personality, motivation and emotion to design interactive scenarios with the purpose of investigating individual differences in behavior among users of digital entertainment. His research focuses heavily on these topics: a) developing behavioral analysis methodologies that are able to account for granular spatial and temporal events, avoiding aggregation; b) design and development of visual analytics tools that can enable any stakeholder to produce advanced statistics, predictions and datamining reports.

As Senior User Researcher and Data Scientist at Massive Entertainment he enjoys tremendously investigating occult behavioral patterns and is happiest when he can triangulate data-driven insights with surveys and lab observations to provide reports for productions teams. At the same time, he is involved with the Live Ops team to improve data culture and devise novel player segmentation approaches. He also established a workgroup to identify the best processes for transferring knowledge from academic research to industry practices and to bring Ubisoft at the cutting edge of the game analytics culture.

Simon Niedenthal is an Associate Professor of Interaction Design at Malmö University in Sweden. Since 2010 he has explored the history and potentials of smell-enabled gaming and the playful uses of scent. His scholarly writings in the area of olfaction include “Skin Games: Fragrant Play, Scented Media and the Stench of Digital Games” and “Vile Perfume: The Future of the Zombie in the Smellscape of Gaming.” He has also written about the experience of sensory boundaries in motor racing and fireworks games.

Simon’s background is eclectic: he holds a B.F.A. in photography, an M.A. in Medieval English literature, and a Ph.D. in Interaction design. In 2008 he defended his Ph.D. thesis “Complicated Shadows: the Aesthetic Significance of Simulated Illumination in Digital Games” in the area of game lighting and its effect upon the emotions and behavior of the player.

Simon is currently engaged in the four-year Stockholm University research project “Nosewise”, which aims to explore the potential of smell-enabled gaming to enhance cognitive capacity in the elderly.

I am a PhD candidate in interaction and game design at Malmö University (Sweden). In my research I take a critical approach to the treatment of animals in society and investigate how the design of artefact that mediate playful, joyful, or surprising encounters between animals and humans can inspire us to imagine alternative - non-speciesist - futures.

Website: michellewesterlaken.com

Hanna Wirman (PhD) is an assistant professor at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University where she leads the MSc study stream in game development. Her research interests focus on marginal and critical ways of playing and making games, including design and research of animal play. Hanna serves on the board of Chinese DiGRA and on the DiGRA Executive Board. She has lead the Global Game Jam Hong Kong since 2013.

Website: www.sd.polyu.edu.hk/en/meet-our-staff/hannawirman

Website: miguelsicart.net

Víctor Navarro-Remesal holds a PhD Game Studies and is a lecturer at CESAG (Universidad Pontificia de Comillas) in Palma de Mallorca, where he teaches Interactive Narrative, Videogames, and Animated Cinema. His research interests include freedom and ethics in videogames, gêmu or Japanese games and the preservation of videogames. He has published articles and book chapters on these topics, in addition to being a co-author of ‘Game & Play: Diseño y análisis del juego, el jugador y el sistema lúdico’ (UOC Press, 2105) and the author of ‘Libertad dirigida: Una gramática del análisis y diseño de videojuegos’ (Shangri-La, 2016).

Website: www.victornavarroremesal.com

I'm working on artificial intelligence techniques for making computer games more fun, and on games for making artificial intelligence smarter. I ask what AI can do for games, and what games can do for AI.

I want to make computer games adapt to their players through finding out what players want (whether they know it or not) and creating new game levels, challenges or rules that suit the players. Related to this is the challenge of making sense of large amounts of data generated by computer games, and on assisting human game designers in creating great game experiences. I also want to make opponents and collaborators in games more intelligent and believable, research that has applications far outside of computer games. I believe games, in particular video games, are perfect test-beds for AI methods. But it is important that you test your algorithms not just on a single game, but on a large number of games, so you focus on general intelligence and not just solving a single problem.

Website: julian.togelius.com

Antonio José Planells de la Maza (PhD), researcher and professor at Tecnocampus-Pompeu Fabra University. He has studied Law, Media Studies and the Master of Applied Research to Mass Media at University Carlos III of Madrid and the Master of Advances Studies in Social Communication at University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain). His main research interests are related to fictional and possible worlds, ideology and character design.

Enrique Morales Corral holds a PhD in Communication Sciences and Sociology at UCM (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and a degree in Sociology at UPNA (Universidad Pública de Navarra). His teaching career is currently taking place at U-TAD, a university centre attached to the Universidad Camilo José Cela (UCJC), where he teaches various subjects, such as Digital Society and Game Theory. His research career began with a predoctoral fellowship FPI of the UCM, where he joined the MDCS research group led by UCM Professor Dr. Jose Luis Piñuel. In 2013 he completed a research stay at Westminster University. His main lines of research focus on videogames, digital society, climate change, communication and new technologies..

Website: goo.gl/CAAp5A

Jialin Liu is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL, UK) and one of the founding members of the Game AI research group created in August 2017. Before joining QMUL, she was a Senior Research Officer at the Games and AI research group of University of Essex (UK) between March 2016 and July 2017. Jialin received her Ph.D.in Computer Science from the University Paris-Saclay & Inria Saclay (France) in 2016. Her research interests include general game playing, robust game playing in adversarial games, automatic game design, black-box noisy optimization and portfolio algorithms. Jialin is chairing the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Student Games-Based Competitions Sub-Committee and also serves in the Games Technical Committee, Webinars Sub-Committee, Women in Computational Intelligence Sub-Committee and Young Professionals Sub-Committee. She serves as Program Co-Chair at IEEE CIG18.

Website: www.liujialin.tech

Roof terrace at Niagara

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Vision for the ConferenceVision for the Conference

The guiding vision for the conference is Creating Games from the Player and for the Player. The role of the player has evolved from being viewed as a mere consumer to a participant holding a key role within the game design, creation, and development processes. Such participation may be direct, e.g. as an involved party in pre-deployment testing and through active roles in support forums, or indirect through the continuous data collection that is becoming increasingly important post-deployment.

With this theme in mind, we would like to promote and expand cutting-edge research, involving theoretical and empirical studies from a wide variety of backgrounds, around the following topics: modeling and understanding the player, user experience research, player driven and data-driven content design and generation, mixed- initiative authoring, the role of the player in the on-line communities, designing for and participating in e- sports events, as well as gender and cultural aspects of digital games.

Information for AuthorsInformation for Authors

We expect high quality submissions. All submissions will be rigorously reviewed for their technical merit, significance, clarity and relevance to the advancement of digital game research.

All submitted manuscripts must be in PDF format, and comply with the ACM SIGCONF format. Both LaTeX and Word ACM SIGCONF templates are acceptable for producing the PDF file. There is no differentiation in the format among the different contributions. The only differentiation is the number of pages. All contributions need to import ACM CCS 2012 concepts.

Full/short paper and poster submissions should be anonymized for double-blind review. Full/short paper submissions will also include a rebuttal process where authors will have the opportunity to address the reviewer comments and explain how they will improve their contribution. All other submissions will involve a juried selection process and should not be anonymized. All submission lengths include references and appendices.

We welcome videos, binary files, or other materials accompanying submissions to demonstrate the contribution when necessary. Links to all materials should be provided in the main submission. More information about the submission system will be added soon.

For those contributions appearing in ACM’s digital library (full papers, short papers, and posters), at least one presenter must register for the conference in order for the contribution to be included in the proceedings.

Call for ContributionsCall for Contributions

Papers

We invite research contributions in the form of a full paper of up to 10 pages in length or as short paper of up to 6 pages in length. We invite contributions from any discipline, from computer science, communication studies, learning sciences, and psychology to the visual arts, humanities, public policy, and architecture. When submitting authors are requested to select one the following tracks that fits most closely with their submission:

Artificial and Computational Intelligence for Games

This tracks focuses on the many applications of computational and artificial intelligence to the playing, design, development, improvement, and testing of video games. Topics include general game-playing AI, procedural and player-driven content generation, mixed-initiative authoring tools, computational narrative, believable agents, and AI assisted game design. Authors are encouraged to highlight how their work contributes to the expansion of the game research field.

Computer-Human Interaction and Player Experience

This track focuses on the exploration of different ways for designing and implementing interaction between the player and the game, as well as on the experiences derived from those interactions. This track will consider qualitative and quantitative experimental studies. Topics include persuasive games, augmented reality, virtual reality, novel controllers, player psychology, user research, and player psychology.

Player Modeling and Visualization

This track aims for studies and work centered on the representation of the player and the gameplay, as well as its later analysis and visual representation. Topics include game patterns discovery and analysis, player profiling, gameplay visualization, spatial and social analysis in games, player modeling, and behavior prediction.

Analysis of Game Design and Development

This track encourages the analysis, critical discussion, and proposal of frameworks for designing, developing, and evaluating digital games. This includes the understanding of existing mechanics, dynamics, software development processes, and socio-cultural aspects in which games are developed. It also encourages the development of taxonomies related to game genres, patterns, mechanics, or game characteristics that provide better understanding of games as playful artifacts.

Purposeful and Serious Games

This track calls for papers showing results on the design, creation, and application of innovative games whose primary goals are not entertainment. Authors are encouraged to highlight the importance of the target problem that the game is addressing, as well as to present results from quantitative or qualitative studies that effectively analyze the impact of the developed game. Sample topics include games for education, gender equality, visibilization and awareness of social problems, healthcare, and training.

Game Studies and Analyses

This track encompasses all the works regarding the study of games, and the impact of playing them in the culture and the society. Following this year’s vision for the conference, we welcome analyses, ethnographic studies, and theoretical papers from anthropology, sociology, and psychology, that focus on the role of the player in history, society, and culture. Topics include the role of the player in on-line communities, e-sports, gender, politics, religion, as well as cultural aspects of life in digital games.

Each track will nominate two papers for honorable mention. The conference attendees will vote for the best paper award among the honorable mention papers. The best paper and the remaining honorable mention papers will receive recognition during the gala dinner event.

Workshop Proposals

Foundations of digital games 2018 will feature a number of workshops, and we hereby call for prospective workshop organizers to submit proposals for workshops to be held during the conference.

The conference workshops are full-day and half-day sessions focused on emerging game-related topics. These workshops provide an informal setting for new developments to be presented, discussed and demonstrated. In the spirit of the conference, we are particularly interested in topics that bridge different communities and disciplines. We are also interested in the continuation of successful workshops held at previous FDG events or related conferences.

Concise workshop proposals (2 pages) should include: an extended abstract, the objectives and expected outcome of the workshop, the planned activities, the background of the organizer(s), the anticipated number of participants, and the means for soliciting and selecting participants.

Please send the proposals to Julian Togelius (julian@togelius.com), with the subject line "FDG 2018 Workshop Proposal".

Competitions

The FDG 2018 Organising Committee invites proposals for new competitions. Proposals are due by February 28, 2018, and will be reviewed based on their relevance to the FDG community. The competitions involve well-known games, defining a set of rules and objectives for determining the score of each player. Some examples of competition are:

  • the General Video Game AI competitions
  • Angry Birds Level Generation
  • Computer Game Olympiads (including Chess, Amazons, Backgammon, Bridge, Chinese Chess, Dots and Boxes, Draughts, Go, LOA, Shogi, …)
  • Dota2 Bot
  • Fighting Game AI
  • Game Data Mining
  • General Video Game AI
  • Geometry Friends Cooperative Game AI
  • microRTS AI
  • Ms. Pac-Man Vs Ghost Team
  • Showdown AI
  • StarCraft AI
  • Text-Based Adventure AI
  • Visual Doom AI.

Please, contact the competition chair (jialin.liu@qmul.ac.uk) to send your proposal. The final decision will be made before March 5, 2018.

Please, include the following information with your proposal:

  • Organisers’ names.
  • Competition title.
  • Description of the competition (no more than 200 words).
  • Web address.

The following competitions have already been confirmed, and will hosted be at FDG 2018:

The Two-player General Video Game AI Competiton

Organisers: Raluca D. Gaina, Diego Perez Liebana, Simon M. Lucas

Description: The GVG-AI Competition explores the problem of creating controllers for general video game playing. How would you create a single agent that is able to play any game it is given? Could you program an agent that is able to play a wide variety of games, without knowing which games are to be played? The Two-Player track brings the additional challenge of competing or cooperating with another intelligent agent. This track will count 50 two-player games for training, 10 for validation and 10 for test to compute the final rankings.

Web address: www.gvgai.net

Settlement Generation Challenge - Generative Design in Minecraft Competition (GDMC)

Organisers: Christoph Salge, Michael Green, Rodrigo Canaan, Julian Togelius

Description: The goal of Settlement Generation Competition is to produce an Artificial Intelligence program (AI) that can produce a functional, aesthetic and believable Settlement adapted to a given Minecraft map – ideally on a level comparable to a human created settlement. The aim of this competition is to advance the state of the art in procedural content generation, especially in regard to adaptive creation. Submitted algorithms will be applied to 3 previously unseen maps, and the resulting settlements will be evaluated by a group of judges. Further details on the framework, the evaluation criteria and the challenges involved can be found on our website:

Web address: gendesignmc.engineering.nyu.edu

Panels

Panel submissions should provide a list of speakers relevant to an interesting topic. We encourage both debate-style panels and emerging-area style panels that consolidate and explain recent work on a subject of interest to the FDG community.

Posters, Games, and Demos

Work in progress and ongoing promising research will be submitted and presented as posters during the conference, in relation to one of the tracks specified for the full/short paper submission.

Games and Demos encourages submissions of technical demos and early game material, tools and techniques created for games, promoting an environment to exchange impressions, give feedback, and get in touch with the international emerging community of game developers and young scholars.

Doctoral Consortium

PhD students are invited to apply to the Doctoral Consortium, a forum for PhD students to get early feedback on their research, and to share impressions and goals with fellow students and researchers.

Aerial view of Malmö

AttendingAttending

Meeting VenueMeeting Venue

The Faculty of Technology and Society at Malmö University is the host for the venue. Malmö University is a forward-looking institution of higher education that fosters multi- and cross-disciplinary actions based on four core values: diversity, creativity, quality, and commitment to the community.

The venue is located in the recently built and highly modern buildings Niagara and Orkanen. The buildings are located next to each other in the Western Harbour area (Västra Hamnen). Historically, the area was an important industrial hub but has over the last decades become one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Malmö - with a mix of companies and housing to provide a vibrant experience. The area is also known as "the City of Tomorrow" and is the first district in Europe to be carbon dioxide neutral. Given the very short walk into the central parts of Malmö and the excellent public transport system, the location is also good for exploring the city and surrounding areas. The selected date for the event ensures a good availability of the spaces in the buildings as courses start early September

The Restaurant Niagara, located on the ground floor of the Niagara building, will host lunches and coffee breaks during the four days of the conference. The restaurant is happy to accommodate most diets and allergies, with friendly staff who always make sure to help out with any questions.

Malmö, SwedenMalmö, Sweden

Malmö is Sweden's most multicultural city, as well as an established center for the internationally well-regarded Swedish game development industry. Malmö is a vibrant city, especially during the yearly Malmö Festival (free admissions, and the week after the FDG conference), turning the city into one of the biggest cultural hubs and touristic attractions in Scandinavia. Please refer to the sections Malmö and Accessibility for a more detailed description of the city, as well as the many options to get to it from an international perspective. Direct flights to the Copenhagen airport is available from most major hubs, and the trains to Malmö Central Station is located within the airport.

The compactness of Malmö city centre offers not only a pleasant ambience and delightful atmosphere, it also enables you to explore the whole of the city even if you are only here for a short time. Most hotels and conference facilities are located within walking distance of the city centre, which means that you are never far from restaurants, cultural activities, entertainment and picturesque parks. The city's buses and trains run frequently and punctually, and there are plenty of taxis. The fact that most Malmö residents speak good English is another plus.

Getting ThereGetting There

Malmö is just 20 minutes from Scandinavia's largest airport, Copenhagen Airport. Malmö Airport and Copenhagen Airport together offer direct flights to 142 destinations throughout the world. And once you land, onward travel is easy too – trains from Copenhagen Airport to Malmö run every twenty minutes, and buses run continuously from Malmö Airport, stopping at numerous points in central Malmö.

Most international travelers should choose to fly in through Copenhagen Airport. For people traveling fom Central or Eastern Europe, Malmö Airport might prove to be a better choice. Don't be fooled by the fact that Malmö is a Swedish city: Stockholm is far, far away. Don't fly there.

Getting from Copenhagen Airport to the venue is a breeze. Board the train at the airport and disembark 25 minutes later at Malmö Central - quite literally on the university's doorstep.

Stortorget, Malmö

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Social ProgramSocial Program

The social program for the conference is comprised of the following events:

  • Tuesday, August 7th: Evening reception at a local bar organized in cooperation with Game City Southern Sweden. This is a joint social event where the conference attendees can meet with the indie developer community in the region. This makes the reception a very nice opportunity to informally meet-up, make some new contacts, meet game developers, play games, and have fun.
  • Thursday, August 9th: Gala dinner at the Malmö City Hall. As one of the main conference sponsors, Malmö City invites us to celebrate the gala dinner at the City Hall (built in 1544–1547).
  • Friday, August 10th: Visit to Malmö Museer on Friday afternoon. This combined visit includes the historically important Malmöhus Castle and Arts Museum, the City Aquarium, and the Science and Maritime Museum, as well as a walk through the Malmö Castle gardens.

The Malmö Festival is scheduled to start the same day as the conference ends, which offers attendees the possibility to extend their visit in order to enjoy one of the biggest cultural events and touristic attractions in Scandinavia during the summer. We strongly encourage taking the time to enjoy the free admissions festival with its many music stages, events, and exciting food offerings. Please refer to the Discover Malmö section in order to get a good overview of the cultural activities that can be enjoyed while staying in Malmö. In principle, anyone living in Malmö will also be more than happy to share tips on their hidden gems, suggestions for restaurant, and any other questions attendees may have. People in the town are known for their loyalty to the city, and take pride in helping visitors.