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Our interest as University of Malta arises from the increased interest in the area of digital and video games locally both at the academic as well as industry level. Though the area of serious game development and application in Malta is fairly young, there is a drive and motivation to further apply digital games for education and training. In addition, from our preliminary investigations, it emerges that there is much need for increased education and awareness about the use and application of serious games and virtual worlds in a number of fields and specialisations. 
The Faculty of Education in collaboration with the Faculty of ICT and the Institute of Digital Games, at the University of Malta, have a growing interest in the area of games. The proposed chairs for the conference are all involved in game design, development, virtual worlds and the area of serious games. We have already initiated and are part of a number of projects (amongst which EU funded projects) that revolve around the use of games for education and training as well as research into game design and development. To this extent, the University of Malta is seeking to widen the networks in the field of virtual worlds and serious games, and create outreach opportunities, that can have a bigger impact on the local economy as well as at the international level. 
The conference will include keynote addresses from world renown researchers in the field, tracks featuring parallel sessions, workshops, demos, a doctoral consortium and a representation from industry.
Prior to the start of the conference, and throughout the conference, a game jam session will be organised, where interested students or local game developers/artists, will have the possibility of working in close collaboration with industry to produce a prototype of a game for a serious application within 48hours. The game jam session will be hosted entirely at the conference venue. 














Last Updated: 25 October 2013

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