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Foundations of Digital Games (FDG)
Call for Conference Proposals

The International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games (FDG) is an annual major international event. It seeks to promote the exchange of information concerning the foundations of digital games, technology used to develop digital games, and the study of digital games and their design, broadly construed. The goal of the conference is the advancement of the study of digital games, including but not limited to new game technologies, critical analysis, innovative designs, theories on play, empirical studies, and data analysis. The Society for the Advancement of the Science of Digital Games (SASDG, see acts as the organizational home for the FDG conference series.

To involve the greater FDG community in conference organization and planning for the conference, the SASDG Board of Directors and the FDG Steering Committee (consisting of past, current, and future conference organizers) requests proposals for hosting and organizing FDG for 2020 and 2021.

There are several benefits of hosting and organizing an FDG conference. First, conference hosts/organizers have an opportunity to build relationships and interact with the international FDG community. Second, this is a great opportunity for the organizers/hosts to introduce their students and colleagues to the FDG community and help grow the community as a whole.

Interested hosts/organizers are requested to first send a Letter of Intent. Selected groups will be invited by the FDG Steering Committee to submit a full conference proposal that addresses all aspects mentioned in this Call for Conference proposals.

Letter of Intent

Interested hosts/organizers submit a letter of intent giving an initial characterization of their plans for hosting FDG ‘20 or ‘21. The Letter of Intent (LOI) should address each of the following items in a one-page document:

  • - Names and affiliations of hosts/organizers (suggested general chairs, program chairs etc.)
  • - Vision for the FDG conference (e.g., theme, goals/ambitions)
  • - Proposed location (potential conference venues, hotels, closest airport and other relevant transportation options for non-locals, and general appeal for FDG community)
  • - Estimated dates of conference

Full Conference Proposal Requirements

All proposals must be written in English. The proposal should address each aspect outlined below. Based on the merits of the proposals, the SASDG Board of Directors and the FDG Steering Committee will choose the winning proposals. We encourage those submitting proposals to include photos of the relevant conference venues (e.g., meeting rooms, break spaces) within the body of their submission.

Vision for FDG

FDG aims to be an interdisciplinary conference that reaches a wide community. The proposal should describe the goals and ambitions of the hosts/organizers for hosting/organizing FDG. In particular, hosts/organizers should describe how they aim to foster interdisciplinarity and how they will reach out to a wider audience and grow the FDG community.


FDG is an international forum. We expect to rotate the conference between different parts of the world. It is strongly preferred that the proposed location is conveniently located for all attendees to reach by available means of transportation. FDG 2020 should be located in Europe, while FDG 2021 should be located in North America.

Conference Timetable

FDG conferences typically happen between May and August. However, we are open for a different time frame if that works better for the local team. Your bid should include a proposed time within that range with key dates (e.g., paper submission and notification). The choice of time should also take into account the weather conditions of the proposed location and potential conflicts with other conferences (e.g., CHI Play, DiGRA, AIIDE, CIG).

Conference Venue

Please describe the facilities and location of the proposed conference venue. In particular, the venue should be centrally located for attendees to reach quickly by ground transportation, be readily accessible by national/international air travel, and have access to other amenities (e.g., restaurants).

Submissions, Reviewing and Dissemination

Please describe plans for submission categories (e.g., full and short papers, posters, doctoral consortium papers, workshop proposals), potential plans for their review and the dissemination of accepted papers (e.g., ACM DL, website). Typically, FDG includes four days with full/short papers, posters, workshops and tutorials, games/tech demos as well as a doctoral student consortium.

Social Program

Please describe in the proposal thoughts and ideas on social program activities (e.g., reception, conference dinner), synergistic parallel activities (e.g., co-located events), and general efforts to bring the community together. Due to the nature of the conference, it is encouraged to think of exhibitions or events/activities where attendees can play games.


Most attendees will need accommodation during the conference period. One of the responsibilities of the conference hosts/organizers is to locate and reserve a bulk of affordable lodging for attendees. Please describe the proposed accommodation options, including the price range of the hotel rooms and the distance to the main venue.

Suggested Tracks (and Track Chairs)

FDG has always been a umbrella conference, covering a wide variety of topics without compromising the quality of the contributions. For this to remain true, it is important to know that the potential organizers have a broad understanding of games research, providing a platform for different fields and domains in terms of varied and comprehensive tracks. At the same time, in order to insure the best dissemination for the “call for paper” and best evaluation of the quality of contribution it is essential to carefully select expert track chairs that are connected with a particular research community. This will ensure successful recruitment of reviewers. When naming potential track chairs, please indicate whether the chair has committed or is tentative.

Provisional Budget Plan

The proposal should include a provisional budget plan, outlining the cost of major items, including the rental of conference venue, cost/per person for the reception and banquet, and the estimated conference registration fee. It should also include any expected sponsoring (e.g., University support) or a description of efforts to acquire sponsoring and make the conference accessible.

Please provide details for three versions of the budget: conservative (assuming 100 attendees), regular (150), optimistic (200).


The organizers are expected to have a good knowledge of the FDG community (e.g., having attended recent FDG conferences). In following the FDG guidelines by the SASDG Board of Directors, they will work closely with the FDG Steering Committee. As FDG is an interdisciplinary conference, we invite core organizing teams with a wide range of backgrounds across game-based research representation.

Ensuring diversity of the organizing committee (e.g., from different geographical locations, gender, race/ethnicity) is highly encouraged and preferred. In addition, we request that the make of the program co-chairs represents expertise in both the technical (e.g., AI, technology, analytics) and non-technical (e.g., design, humanities, social science) research communities equally well. Please include short bios of the key hosts/organizers and roles of individuals, including the conference chair(s) and program chairs.

Important Dates

  • Sept 7th, 2018: Letter of Intent. Please send to:
  • Septh 21st, 2018: Notifications sent for invitations for detailed conference proposal.
  • Oct 21st, 2018: Detailed conference proposals due. Please send to:
  • Nov 3rd, 2018: Notifications sent for conference selection for FDG’20 and FDG’21.

For further information, please contact: R. Michael Young (

A PDF version of this proposal is available.