The Motivational Power of Game Communities - Engaged through Game Jamming

Lars Reng, Henrik Schoenau-Fog, Lise B. Kofoed

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Abstract

Game jams have become a rapid growing phenomenon. Every year brings new and larger game jams. In this study, we closely followed the world’s largest single location game jam in order to explore the engagement among participants. The authors joined the organizing group of the Nordic Game Jam 2013, and gained a favorable opportunity to observe the 470 game developers efforts during the 48 hours of non-stop development. The paper presents the results of two surveys conducted just before and after the event as well as observations during the game jam. The main motivational factors among participants were to develop games and to meet new people. We believe that the community building as well as the motivation and engagement due to social aspects and the desire to learn more about game development among participants at such events might have beneficial ripple effects, which are valuable to investigate more closely.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorkshop Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games : Society for the Advancement of the Science of Digital Games
PublisherFoundations of Digital Games
Publication date25 Jun 2013
ISBN (Print)ISBN 78-0-9913982-1-8
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2013
EventFoundations of Digital Games: The 8th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games - Crete, Chania, Greece
Duration: 14 May 201317 May 2013

Conference

ConferenceFoundations of Digital Games
LocationCrete
CountryGreece
CityChania
Period14/05/201317/05/2013
SeriesFoundations of Digital Games Conference Proceedings

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