ECGBL Future and Past

If you would be interested in hosting ECGBL, please read the hosting document and contact Sue Nugus, Conferences Director, for more information.  

ECGBL 2023

University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede The Netherlands

Website :

05-06 October 2023

Conference Proceedings

The Electronic Proceedings from ECGBL are included in your registration and are available to download for conference participants.  They are also available to purchase in 2 different formats.

  • PDF Download - ¬£55
  • Printed Version available from our bookshop:

Purchase Proceedings from previous ECGBL Conferences

Winners at ECGBL 2023

PhD winners

Using RPG-based Learning Environment to Increase Engagement and Motivation for Learning Higher Mathematics
Evgenia Anagnostopoulou, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

Honourable mention:
Meraki: Encouraging Language Learning in Real-World Simulations Through AI Para-Social Relationship Building
Subhangi Namburi and Gail Hopkins, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom (P)

Poster WinnerÔĽŅ

Is game-based assessment fair? Impact of human interaction on applicant’s reactions
Tobiasz Naryniecki, University of Warsaw, Poland

Competition Game Winners

Games in Development 

Dragons of Afterlands
Sarah Campbell and Marcus Munafo, Play Well for Life and University of Bristol, UK

Fully Developed Digital Games

Julia: A science Journey
Xavier Rubio Campillo, University of Barcelona, Spain

Runners up
Olivier Hokke, Game Tailors & RiD

Venture Valley Game
Nick Night, Singleton Foundation, USA

Fully Developed non-digital games

Biodiversity in schools
Jen-Yuan Yeh and Hsin-Yi Liang, National Museum of Natural Science and I-Shou University, Taiwan

Runner Up
A LEGO game to teach teamwork theories
Ian Stewart, University of Manchester, UK

Honorable mentions

Crown coast: Finding Hidden Gems
Chih Chen Kuo, National Taiwan University of Sciene and Technology

Power Jungle Board Game: Pathway to Sustainable Energy
Sukumal Surichamorn, JoySukumal Design

Escape Room Games

Escape the Infected: Brighton’s Last Stand
Deeksha Bhushan, Surbhi Arora, Jugneet Singh Chhatwal and Shailaja Prasad, University of Brighton, UK

Student Games

Runner up
Ominous Stew
Alexander Bob, Jonas Wehling and David Dorian, Julian Becker, Lisa Hofmeister and Pascal Janssen, Hochschule Harz Wernigerode, Germany

Deng Cheuk Man, Man Wai Hou, Wan to Hui Ho Yin Lam and Ching Yee Mok, Man Kwan Pak Kau College, Hong Kong

Student Games

The Viscious Worm Board Game
Feyza Ercos, Ghent University, Belgium

Conference Executives

Conference Co-Chairs: 
Dr. Ton Spil 
Dr. Guido Bruinsma
Dr. Luuk Collou

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Sara de Freitas
Gamechangers: Transforming agency, engagement and communities with digital game trails

Jan Willem Huisman
The loss of Personal Play Space Undermines our Society: Playing is the Foundation for the Human Scale


Message of Thanks

We extend our thanks to all participants at the conference, both presenters and attendees and gratefully acknowledge the support of University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands, and the assistance provided by the Conference and Programme Chairs and keynote speakers. The stream and mini track chairs are to be applauded for their efforts in ensuring that timekeeping requirements were respected by all participants and the chair and discussants of the PhD Colloquium are thanked for their invaluable contribution to this important part of the conference.

Finally, we value and unreservedly acknowledge the essential role performed by the executive and programme committees in respect of the double blind review process.

We trust that that overall the conference exceeded your expectations; we welcome your feedback

Previous ECGBL Conferences

ECGBL 2022

Hosted by:
Lusófona University


06-07 October 2022

Winners at ECGBL 2022

PhD winners

Joint 1st

Vera Pradiante, Lusofona Uniersity/CICANT, Lisbon
‚ÄėThe Contribution of Game-based learning: Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Dyscalculia‚Äô

Astrid Patricia Marin Jimenez and Francis Dube
‚ÄėPedagogical Foundation to Promote Students‚Äô Engagement and Creativity while Co-creating a Music Learning Game‚Äô

Poster Competition

Joint 1st

Tomas Havlik et al, University of Defence, Czech Republic
Wargaming Simulator MASA SWORD for Training and Education of Czech Army Officers

Fredrik Rusk and Matilda Stahl, Abo Akademi University, Finland
eSports: The new ‚Äúwhite boys‚ÄĚ Club? Problematizing the Norms Limiting Diversity and Inclusion in an Educational Gaming Context

Tone Vold, Norway University of Applied Sciences, Rena, Norway
Using an Outdoor Quiz Game to Support Student Socialisation.

Conference Executives

Conference Co-Chairs: 
Conceição Costa, Filipe Costa Luz & Nuno Fachada,
 Lusófona University, Portugal

Keynote Speakers:

Patrícia Gouveia, Lisbon University, Portugal 
Eco gaming: How feminism and play are key to changing the world

Petros Lameras, Coventry University, UK
Designing Serious Games through Research: A Relational Perspective

Competition game winners

Fully developed games

1st Place, Vit Sisler, Svoboda 1945

2nd Place, Beata Mierzwa, Microscopya 

3rd Place, Luana Silveri Luana, Youtopia 

Games in Development 

1st Place, Adam Barnard, LINA 

2nd Place, Gloria Mittmann, Hygiene in the Course of Time

3rd Place, Olga Sowa, Diversity Game

Student Games 

1st Place, Sabina Sirca, Officer Ollie to the rescue  

2nd Place, Miha Medved, HTML-Dash 

3rd Place, Karl Wien, AEON: The Emergence of Life 

ECGBL 2021

Hosted by: University of Brighton
Moulsecoomb Campus
Lewes Road

23-24 September 2021

Winners at ECGBL 2021

PhD winners

Mifrah Ahmad, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
Teacher’s Contemplation Towards Selecting and Evaluating Games for Classroom

Commendations for:

David Bar-El, Northwestern University, Evanston, and Kathryn Ringland, University of California Santa Cruz, USA
Teachers Designing Lessons with a Digital Sandbox Game: The Case of Minecraft Education Edition

Poster Winner

Chiara Piazzalunga, Linda Greta Dui, Simona Ferranti, Matteo Matteucci, Politecnico di Milano, Cristiano Termine and Marisa Bortolozzo, University of Insubria, Italy
A Serious Game to Anticipate Handwriting Difficulties Screening Through Visual Perception Assessment

Commendations for: 

Asge Frederik¬†Matthiesen, M√¶rsk McKinney M√łller Institute and Lasse Juel¬†Larsen, Institut for Kulturvidenskaber, Odense Denmark
Facing your Fears: Design of a VR Tool for Usage within Exposure Therapy for Patients with Social Anxiety Disorders Combined with Selected Game‚Äźbased Elements

Conference Executives

Conference Chair:
Panagiotis Fotaris,
University of Brighton, UK

Programme Co-Chairs:
Dr Cate Grundy
and Dr Marcus Winter, University of Brighton, UK

Keynote Speakers:
Pete Jenkins
Seven Steps to Gamification Success

Diana Laurillard

Competition game winners

Non-Digital Games: 

Wu Mi-cha and Chen Yenjui
Seek and Search ‚ÄďNational Palace Museum,¬†Seek and Search - Qianlong Emperor's Southern Tours

Games installed on a device 
Iza Marfisi

Web-based Games:

Julien Schekter 

Special mention to Antonia Schorer with the Nemesis Game 

Student Games presented in the Pecha Kucha style:

Gloria Mittmann 
School can be a Nightmare 

2nd place: Jiaqi Yu and Andre R. Denholm 
The Nomands 

3rd place: Mary Ann Comunale 
Hep B-Ware 

ECGBL 2020

Hosted by: University of Brighton
Moulsecoomb Campus
Lewes Road

23-25 September 2020

Winners at ECGBL 2020

Non-Digital Games

1st Place
Reef Stakes¬ģ
Yew Aun Quek

2nd Place
WinWin Insurance Plus
Huei-Tse Hou and Chih-Chen Kuo

3rd Place
Brave New World
Helen Hall, Tom Lewis and Javier Garcia Oliva

Digital Games

1st Place
Diarmid Campbell

2nd Place
Welcome Rookie: A Game of Ethics
Omar Elsayed

3rd Place
Little Fish Lagoon
Evan Rushton

Conference Executives

Conference Chair:
Panagiotis Fotaris,
University of Brighton, UK

Programme Co-Chairs:
Dr Katie Piatt
and Dr Cate Grundy, University of Brighton, UK

Keynote Speakers:
Prof Nicola Whitton, University of Durham, UK
From games to play: what's the difference?

Dr Alex Moseley,  University of Leicester, UK
Playful Learning, Teaching and Researching

Student Games

Joint 1st Place
FABE Mathematics scrabble game 
Dr Foluke B.Eze

Lathe Safety Simulator (VR)
Michael Callaghan and Niall McShane

Runner up
Cyberspace Invaders
Antonia Stylianou

Runner up
Institute Senra
Tugo-TijaŇ° ҆trbenc and Oskar TeŇĺak

In Development Games

1st Place
Hex on Turtle Islands
Diane Jass Ketelhut and Anthony Pellicone

2nd Place
Antonia Schorer

‚ÄúMore advanced‚ÄĚ Commendation
GramMars Wars 
Johan de Bruin

David Farrell

ECGBL 2019

Hosted by: University of Southern Denmark
Campusvej 55
DK-5230 Odense M 

3-4 October 2019

Winners at ECGBL 2018

Joint Best PhD Papers
Digital Game-Based Learning for Early Childhood: Guardians’ Attitudes in Pakistan and Bangladesh
Lauri Pynnönen

Promoting 21st Century Skills with Game-Based Learning in Interdisciplinary Fisheries Education  

Best Poster
Time to Walk Thomas Wernbacher, Natalie Denk, Mario Platzer and Sylvia Titze

7th International Educational Game Competition Winners
Finished Games

1st Place:
Master of Numbers

2nd Place:
Enchanted Crystals
David Farrell and Spyridon Blatsios 

3rd Place: 
Carl Boel

Merit/Commendation: SumW0rdz
Gareth Kerry Rees

Conference Executives 

Conference Chair:
Lars Elbæk, 
University of Southern Denmark

Programme Co-Chairs:
Md. Saifuddin Khalid, 
Gunver Majgaard (PhD), University of Southern Denmark and
Andrea Valente, Torino University, Italy

Keynote Speakers:
Simon Egenfeldt-Nielsen, Serious Games Interactive
Social Gamification in Blended Learning Games

Helle Marie Skovsbjerg, Design School Kolding
Playful Play-Design: Balancing Danger and Safety in Children's Full Body Play

Games in Development Winners

Joint 1st Place:
Homeless Monopoly
Jackie Calderwood

Maths Duel
Pierpaolo Dondio

Student Competition Winners

1st Place
Solar Race
Michael Callaghan

Joint 2nd Place
Once Upon a Maths
Mariana Rocha

Hunt for Human Rights
Stephen Farley, Jaia Alexandra Kavanagh, Laura Ann-Marie Masterson, Molly Carolanne Egan, Ellen Kearney, Willemijn Bosschaert, Lucy Edgeworth and Eve Ellen Mathews

ECGBL 2018

Hosted by:  SKEMA Business School,
Sophia Antipolis,

4-5 October 2018

Winners at ECGBL 2018

Best PhD Paper
Game Co‚ÄźCreation with Young Music Students: A Pedagogic Approach to Promote Creativity and Engagement
Astrid Patricia Marin Jimenez, Laval University, Quebec, Canada

Best Poster
Learning and Identity Construction through Gamification in Visual Art Education: A Student Perspective
Matilda St√•hl, √Öbo Akademi University, Vasa, Hannah Kaihovirta, University of Helsinki and Minna Rimpil√§, Vasa √∂vningsskola, Finland

6th International Educational Game Competition Winners
Overall Joint Winners 
and Winner of the Computer and VR Game Category
The Chantry
David Moore, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

and winner of the Non-Digital Games Category
Crabs & Turtles

Katerina Tsarava, Leibniz Institut fuer Wissensmedien and Luzia Leifheit, University of T√ľbingen, Germany

Winner of the App Based Category
Tanja Trobok, Vretta Inc., Canada

Winner of the Web Based Category
Miky Ronan, Faculty of Instructional Technologies, Holon Institute of Technology  

Conference Executives 

Conference Chair:
Dr Melanie Ciussi, 
SKEMA Business School, Sophia Antipolis, France

Programme Co-Chairs:
Dr Sophie Gay Anger, 
Sophia Antipolis, France and 
Dr Margarida Romero, Universit√© de Nice Sophia Antipolis

Keynote Speakers:
Dr Sylvester Arnab, Coventry University, UK
The Magic Circle of Playful and Gameful Co-Creation

Dr Jacob Habgood, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Do Books Work? (and other questions we probably shouldn’t ask)

Dr Eric Sanchez, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Don’t Forget the Beans!

2nd Games in Development Competition Winners

1st  Place
Project Honduras
Stephen Farleyand Jen Murphy, Trócaire, Ireland

2nd Place
Antonio Zimmerman, UNTREF, Argentina

3rd Place
Marketemy Chak

Hei So, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong