17th European Conference on Games Based Learning
5 - 6 October 2023, Enschede, Netherlands

University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands

Welcome to ECGBL 2023

The European Conference on Games Based Learning was established 16 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 11th International Educational Games Competition.

ECGBL 2023 is being held at University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands, on 05 - 06 October 2023

A personal message from the Conference Co-Chairs

Welcome to the ECGBL conference in Enschede! Whether you are a practitioner or a scientist, you are sure to find something to learn from this event. Through workshops, seminars and networking, you will have the opportunity to explore the latest research and trends, share your own knowledge and make valuable connections with fellow professionals. We are delighted to welcome you in Enschede, and look forward to an inspiring experience. See you in Enschede.

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadlineSTILL ACCEPTING ABSTRACTS
Notification of abstract acceptance29 March 2023
Full paper due for review04 May 2023
Notification of paper acceptance (with any requested changes)13 July 2023
Call for Games Closes08 May 2023
Notification of Game acceptance25 May 2023
Earlybird registration closes27 July 2023
Final paper due (with any changes)31 August 2023
Final author payment date14 September 2023
We are planning to run our series of conferences as physical events with the option for participants to join virtually. 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 contact

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.  Proceedings are accessible here:

Additionally, papers that have been presented at the conference will also be considered for further development and 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:

      • listed in the Web of Science (WoS) 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.