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We are delighted to announce the Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo’s Game Research Conference (SIEGE2020R). SIEGE is a three-day professional game development conference, now in its fourteenth year. Focused on both professional game developers and people breaking into the industry, this event offers sessions in game art, audio, design, programming and business.

In response to requests from both our professional and academic attendees, the SIEGE Game Research Conference focuses on presenting the best research impacting the game industry. The SIEGE Game Research Conference is a one-day interdisciplinary conference for designers, developers, producers, educators, researchers, and media across various fields related to game design and production. It happens in conjunction with SIEGE, and researchers are invited to attend those sessions as well.

This inaugural event will be hosted by Kennesaw State University at the KSU Center in Atlanta in October 2020. All researcher conference participants are also welcome to attend the main SIEGE conference in 2020.

Aims and Scope

This call focuses upon research that can be applied to solve specific problems in game design, development, production, and in the industry as a whole. This one-day conference addresses gathering and disseminating data pertaining to applied game research.  

Research topics this year include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Game programming, AI and related topics
  • Game production methodologies
  • Game analytics
  • User interface
  • User experience
  • User engagement
  • Game audio
  • Game art and animation
  • Virtua reality
  • Augmented reality
  • Mixed reality
  • Narrative design and interactive digital storytelling
  • Game technologies for mediation and communication
  • Post mortems
  • Game industry analysis

Paper Submissions

This conference considers original papers focusing on research from above mentioned or related fields. Categories of submissions are listed below.

  1. Original and unpublished research as full-length scientific papers (up to 8 pages);
  2. Late-breaking research (poster presentations); and
  3. Game industry analysis (synopsis up to 4 pages).

Each paper submission will undergo a double-blind review process conducted by esteemed professionals, researchers, and academics. Late-Breaking Research (Poster) submissions will undergo a single-blind review process. Accepted authors grant the Georgia Game Developers Association permission to publish papers and posters in the conference proceedings. Papers and poster submissions are to be submitted through the SIEGE Research Conference website at . Papers must be submitted in full; posters require a 200-word synopsis.

Accepted authors agree to present their research during the SIEGE Research Conference in October 2020. Full-paper presentations will be limited to 15 minutes. Posters will be on display throughout the day. A research poster session with presenters will run for 60 minutes. Accepted poster authors are expected to attend the research poster session.

Authors and presenters are responsible for conference registration, travel arrangements and accommodations, though SIEGE will offer access to a block of hotel rooms at a reduced rate.

Relevant Dates

  • June 1, 2020: Submission Deadline Full Paper and Poster Presentation
  • July 1, 2020: Notification of Acceptance of Full Papers
  • July 1, 2020: Submission Deadline Late-Breaking Research (Poster Presentations)
  • Aug. 1, 2020: Notification of Acceptance of Poster Presentations.
  • Aug. 1, 2020: Final Submission of Accepted Full Papers for Publication
  • October 2020: Conference

Full Research Papers

We invite contributions on all aspects of game research using scholarly methods. Descriptions of new research and scientific findings, as well as empirical studies of implementations and applications of games for research purposes, are welcome. Submissions should be full academic papers (up to 8 pages long, written using APA citation style) focusing on results from novel research. Submissions following the guides at (for Word, PDF, and LaTeX samples) are appreciated.

Late-Breaking Research / Poster Presentations

We invite scholars to submit research that is relatively complete, but depends on further data analysis prior to conclusion. These research submissions will need to be scientific and well written. Submissions will be reviewed based on their relevance to the conference, clarity of writing and presentation, and their "in-progress" nature. Late-breaking research will be presented in poster format (24x36).

Game Industry Research

We invite researchers to submit reports and analyses regarding the game industry, economic impact, sales, and trends. We aim to provide a forum for presenting, sharing, and discussing interesting data collection, analysis and reporting. Submit extended abstracts (up to 4 pages) of game industry research, which will undergo a single-blind review process.


Contact us through [email protected]

Conference Chairs

Jon Preston, PhD, Kennesaw State University

Meldrena Chapin, PhD, Design Research Consultancy

Andrew Greenberg, GGDA Executive Director      

Program Committee

●     Jon Preston, Kennesaw State University, USA

●     Ian Schreiber, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

●     Chris Totten, Kent State, USA

●     Jay O’Toole, Elon University, USA

●     Michael Franklin, Kennesaw State University, USA

●     Rongkai Guo, Kennesaw State University, USA

●     Jennnifer Hartshorn, Old Dominion University, USA

●     Chris Dodson, Savannah College of Art and Design, USA

●     Sumanth Yenduri, Kennesaw State University, USA

●     David Spencer, Savannah College of Art and Design, USA

●     Meldrena Chapin, Design Research Consultancy

Submission Review Process

All submissions are to be submitted on-line at . All full-length research papers will be double-blind peer reviewed by a dedicated review committee. Submissions for poster presentations will be single-blind reviewed by a dedicated review committee. No more than 50 paper and poster submissions will be accepted, so please submit early.


At the end of the conference, there will be a short awards ceremony. Awards include:

Best Research Paper Award

Best Research Poster Award 

Best Student Research Award


Kennesaw State University. The KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Dr NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. (Just north of Atlanta)

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