Motivations of game jam organizers: Case of finnish game jam community

Ville Kankainen, Annakaisa Kultima, Mikko Meriläinen

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In this paper, we examine the motivations and experiences of game jam organizers in Finland. For the purpose of the study, 13 game jam organizers were interviewed in 2018 - 2019. We found that motivations for organizing game jams are diverse but interlinked and can be roughly divided into six categories: Community Building, Community Driven, Education, Passion for Organizing, Supporting Creative Culture and Work Driven. Further, we noted that many organizers end up in their position through happenstance rather than actively looking for the role.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games, FDG 2019
EditorsFoaad Khosmood, Johanna Pirker, Thomas Apperley, Sebastian Deterding
ISBN (Electronic)9781450372176
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games - San Luis Obispo, United States
Duration: 26 Aug 201930 Aug 2019
Conference number: 14

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


ConferenceInternational Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games
Abbreviated titleFDG
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Luis Obispo
Internet address


  • Game design
  • Game jam organizers
  • Game jams
  • Games
  • Intermediaries
  • Motivation
  • Volunteering


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