International Communication Association Game Studies Interest Group

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

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 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 Interest Group and is maintained by the Interest Group's Officers.

  • What's New:

    • Download the 2015 ICA annual conference program now!
    • Thanks to Julia Kneer of Erasmus University and Zeynep Tanes-Ehle of Duquesne University for accepting nominations to stand for election for the Game Studies Vice Chair position, and congratulations to Julia Kneer who was elected and will serve in the office for the 2016 and 2017 conferences.
    • Game Studies is hosting a pre-conference on the first day of the 2015 annual ICA conference. Read the CFP and submit!
    • The ICA 2015 annual conference Call for Papers is now available. Submit by 11:00 p.m. GMT on 3 November.
    • The ICA election polls are now open.  Vote by 4:00 p.m. GMT on 15 October to elect the next Game Studies vice chair.
    • Thank you to outgoing secretary Joyce Neys, who ended her term in May 2014.  Welcome to new secretary Rachel Kowert.
    • Congratulations and thank you to all who made the 2015 annual ICA conference and preconference a success for Game Studies!



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