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Welcome to the official site of the ICA Game Studies Division (GSD)!

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 Division 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 activities at ICA's annual conference.

Should you have any questions about our Division's interests and opportunities, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of our Division officers - each of which is more than happy to respond to your questions via the e-mail addresses provided on that page. 

As the 2016 ICA Fukuoka conference has passed, the Division is not actively accepting paper or panel proposals. However, check back later for our official Call for Papers for the 2017 ICA conference, hosted in San Diego, USA. Current Vice Chair Julia Kneer (Erasmus U, Netherlands) will be organizing the GSD program for that conference, and can address any specific questions or comments you have about submitting to or being a reviewer for our Division. 

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.

Recent News

PhD-position at KU Leuven in game research (Social Studies-perspective)

The Institute for Media Studies at KU-Leuven (Belgium) is looking for a PhD candidate for the research project 'Games of social control: A sociological study of 'addiction' to Massively Multi-Player Online Role-Playing Games'. The PhD candidate will be employed at the Institute for Media Studies (Department Communication Science). The research project is supervised by Prof. Stef Aupers.

We're looking for someone with a qualitative social studies background and an interest in games, Deadline is October 21, 2016https://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/vacatures/53862455

BEA Research Symposium "Video Games: A Medium That Demands Our Attention" 

The Broadcast Education Association (of the United States) is accepting 4000-word empirical reports and theoretical syntheses for their 2017 research symposition on the cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and social demands of video game play. The Symposium is chaired by Nick Bowman (West Virginia U, USA) and complete details can be found online at: http://www.beaweb.org/wp/?page_id=3345. Manuscripts are due by December 1, 2016.


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

  • What's New:

    • An early draft of the minutes from our 2016 Business Meeting in Fukuoka is available here
    • Please welcome our newest officer, International Liaison JihHsuan Tammy Lin (National Cheng Chi U, Taiwan). All officer contact information can be found here. 
    • For 2016, the Executive Committee of GSD is proposing several by-laws changes for our Division. An annotated version of these proposed changes can be found here
  • Twitter: @icagames and #ica_gs