Game Studies Day 2024 (4.6. Turku)

Welcome to the Game Studies Day 2024 in Turku on the 4th of June!

This year, the event will be held at the Åboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum’s Factory Hall (Itäinen Rantakatu 4-6).

The Game Studies Day 2024 offers insights into the past, present, and future of gaming. Entrepreneur and doctoral researcher Natasha Skult will discuss the future prospects of the gaming industry. Riitta Matilainen, the Head of the Gambling Harm Prevention Unit at Ehyt ry, will shed light on the history and future of gambling in Finland. The event will also honor the winner of the game industry’s thesis award. To conclude the day, Dean Jaakko Suominen will deliver a walking lecture focused on the traces of games in urban spaces – so remember to dress according to the weather!

Game Studies Day is organised by the Finnish Society for Game Research and the Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies.  We warmly welcome all game researchers, friends of game research, and those interested in games!

Please note that the event will be held in English.

Please register at the latest on Tuesday 28 May:

Please note: If you are travelling to Turku from Helsinki, be aware that due to railway repair work, searching for ’Turku’ in VR’s ticket service does not yield the fastest route from Helsinki to Turku. Instead, select ’Kupittaa (Turku)’ as your destination station. From Kupittaa railway station, there are frequent bus services to the city centre and Åboa Vetus & Ars Nova. For more information on bus schedules and routes in Turku, visit

Game Studies Day programme (14:30-18:30):

14:30–14:40 Words of welcome

14:40-15:20 Natash Skult (CEO & Creative Director of MiTale / PhD Student at the University of Turku): State of the Games Industry: Challenges and Opportunities With Latest Technologies

15:20–16:00 Riitta Matilainen (Ehyt ry, Head of Gambling Harm Prevention Unit): The past and the future of the Finnish gambling legislation and regulation

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-17:30 Derek Fewster (Chairperson of the Annual Game Studies Thesis Competition Panel): Announcing the winners of the Annual Game Studies Thesis Competition

17:30-18:30 Jaakko Suominen (Professor of Digital Culture, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Turku): Traces of Play in Turku: A Guided Tour

18:30– Dinner (at participants’ own expense), Hunter´s Inn (Brahenkatu 3, see more info:

See you at Turku!