International Communication Association Game Studies Special Interest Group

Welcome to the official site of the ICA Game Studies SIG.

The study of games and the game experience offers opportunities for the study of human communication that involve multidisciplinary approaches that merge the disciplines of conventional communication studies and research, arts and visual design, cognitive studies, computer sciences, cultural studies, engineering social sciences, health sciences, and information design.

Although the common ground for the Game Studies Special Interest Group is digital and video games, the group encompasses a broad range of inquiry topics and methods. The group serves as fertile meeting ground for the exchange of ideas among a very broad spectrum of disciplines and hosts a number of activites at the ICA's annual conference.

Join us!

We welcome members from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives who are interested in scholarship and research related to games and communication.

To become a member of the Special Interest Group, you must first be a member of the International Communication Association, our parent organization.

  • If you are not yet an ICA member, you can apply for ICA membership and join the Game Studies Special Interest Group when you become an ICA member.
  • If you are already an ICA member and want to join the Game Studies Special Interest Group, log in to your ICA profile and change your section information.




This site was created by Jieun Shin for the Game Studies Special Interest Group and is maintained by the Interest Group's Officers.

  • What's New:

    • Congratulations to Rachel Kowert, who was elected to a two-year term as Game Studies secretary beginning in May 2014.
    • Thanks to everyone who submitted to the Game Studies 2014 paper competition, and also to everyone who volunteered to review.  Acceptance notifications will be delivered by mid-January.
    • Thank you to outgoing chair Dmitri Williams, who ended his term as Game Studies chair in June 2013.  Welcome to new chair James D. Ivory and new vice chair Nicholas Bowman.
    • Congratulations and thank you to all who made the 2013 annual ICA conference a success for Game Studies!
    • Thanks to all attendees and sponsors who made our co-sponsored ICA 2013 pre-conference a success!