15th European Conference on Games Based Learning
23 - 24 September 2021, Brighton, UK

ACI is taking a hybrid approach towards conferences this year. We are planning to run our series of conferences as physical events with the option for participants to join virtually. If when it draws close to the time  of the event we are unable to meet in person due to COVID-19 restrictions the conference will move fully into the virtual format. We urge you to continue to submit your abstracts and papers in line with the published dates (extensions will be granted on request). For more details and regular updates please click here or contact

University of Brighton, UK

Welcome to ECGBL 2021

The European Conference on Games Based Learning was established 14 years ago. It has been held in Austria, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Greece, Norway and France to mention only some of the countries that have hosted it. ECGBL is generally attended by participants from more than 40 countries and attracts an interesting combination of academic scholars, practitioners, game designers and individuals who are engaged in various aspects of games-based learning and serious games. Among other journals, the Electronic Journal of e-Learning publishes a special edition of the best papers presented at this conference.  

The conference is also host to The 9th International Educational Games Competition.

ECGBL 2021 is being held at University of Brighton, UK on 23 -24th September 2021

Conference Chair

Panagiotis Fotaris


Programme Chair

Dr Cate Grundy
Dr Marcus Winter

Personal Message from the Conference Chairs

On behalf of the ECGBL 2021 organising committee, I am delighted to welcome you to 15th European Conference on Games Based Learning at the University of Brighton in England. Our city has a  population of 290.000 of which around 40.000 are students. As such Brighton is a vibrant and artistic city. Sometimes called “London-by-the-sea” because of its coastal location and proximity to the capital, the city is a centre for digital marketing, internet and social media organisations. ECGBL 2021 will offer you the ideal opportunity to experience Brighton, network with academics and practitioners, exchange ideas and develop new insights. We look forward to seeing you in Brighton in 2021!

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadlineSTILL ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
Notification of abstract acceptance12 March 2021
Full paper due for review22 April 2021
Notification of paper acceptance (with any requested changes)01 July 2021
Call for Games Closes26 April 2021
Notification of Game acceptance05 May 2021
Earlybird registration closes15 July 2021
Final paper due (with any changes)29 July 2021
Final author payment date19 August 2021

Conference Publications


Papers accepted for the ECGBL after the double-blind peer review process, will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration and payment. The conference proceedings have an ISSN (2049-0992) and will be assigned an ISBN on publication. Additionally, papers that have been presented at the conference will also be considered for further development an possible publication in the journals listed below. Note that journal editors are provided with the conference proceedings and will make selections if they feel work is appropriate and of sufficient quality for the journal. If invited to publish in a journal authors will be expected to develop the work by 40-50%, including a change of title and abstract. Individual journal procedures will need to be followed and there is no guarantee of publication.

Conference Accreditations



Proceedings of the European Conference on Games Based Learning (ECGBL) are:

      • indexed in the ISI Web of Science Conference Proceedings Citation Index
      • indexed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology in the UK
      • listed in the EBSCO database
      • listed in the Elsevier SCOPUS abstract and citation database
      • listed on Google Book Search
      • listed on Google Schoolar
      • Ranked by the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers

The Conference Proceedings are submitted for accreditation on publication. Please note that depending on the accreditation body this process can take up to several months.