Strong commitment from the University of Skövde at Game Developers Conference in San Francisco


The Game Developers Conference in San Francisco is the world’s biggest conference within computer gaming development, taking place in San Francisco 27 February – 3 March. The University of Skövde is continuing to position itself internationally as part of the Sweden Game Arena cluster and is there to show northern Europe’s broadest, most cutting-edge range of game degree programs.

- We will market our two international Master's Degree Programs, in Serious Games and in Digital Narration, showcase games and films that highlight the breadth of our game research, and meet with other universities in order to increase collaboration in the field of games, among other things". "We are also inviting people from around the world to join our Sweden Game Conference, taking place on October 18-20, themed 'Experience the Future. Reimagining Games.’, says Martin Hagvall who is co-ordinating the University’s activities at the Game Developers Conference.

For the second year running, researchers from the University of Skövde have been invited as official speakers. One of the speakers is Jenny Brusk, a game researcher and lecturer at the University of Skövde. Jenny started working as a game programmer in 1996 and has since then worked towards creating a more inclusive game industry.

- My presentation is about how we work for inclusive game education and equality within the gaming culture. I will focus on strategies, activities and concrete methods/tools that we use.

Jenny was one of the instigators behind the DONNA network which started at the University of Skövde in 2011. Its aim is to inspire more women to study games. Since the start of the network, the number of female students has steadily increased and lots of students claim that DONNA is the reason why they chose to study at the University of Skövde.

- The strength of the DONNA network is that the group consists of lecturers, students and former students. We work with strategic issues, lobbying and trying to connect our activities closer to research within the areas of media, technology and culture (MTEC). The students are involved in activities aiming at recruiting new students, working as role models and telling others what our programs entail.

The University of Skövde’s students are also represented at the conference. Gustav Edberg is studying Game Design and he will be showing games constructed by students, including Notes of Obsession which he was the project leader for and which won in the category ‘The Game of the Year’ at last year’s Swedish Game Awards.

A woman playing computer games.