CHI PLAY is the international and interdisciplinary conference (by ACM SIGCHI) for researchers and professionals across all areas of play, games and human-computer interaction (HCI). We call this area “player-computer interaction.”
18–21 October 2021
Vienna, Austria

General Chairs: Günter Wallner and Alexander Meschtscherjakov
Technical Program Chairs:
Jo Iacovides & Max Birk
Program Chairs:
Elisa Mekler & Kathrin Gerling

Photo by Jacek Dylag on Unsplash

The goal of CHI PLAY is to highlight and foster discussion of current high quality research in games and HCI as foundation for the future of digital play. To this end, the conference features streams that blend academic research papers, masterclasses, interactive play demos, student game design competition, poster session and industry insights.

CHI PLAY grew out of the increasing work around games and play emerging from the ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) as well as smaller conferences such as Fun and Games and Gamification. CHI PLAY is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group for Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI). All accepted submissions will be distributed in the CHI PLAY Conference Proceedings available in the ACM Digital Library, where they will remain accessible to thousands of researchers and practitioners worldwide.

CHI PLAY is moving to a journal publications. All accepted full papers will be published as part of PACMHCI. See here for further details.

Covid-19 Note:

As the organisers of CHI PLAY 2021, we are committed to providing an inclusive, safe, and respectful conference environment for all attendees. As such we closely and carefully monitor the developments of the Covid-19 pandemic and will adjust the format of the conference as necessary to ensure the safety of our community. Independent of the format of the conference we can assure all authors of accepted work that their contributions will appear in the ACM DL and that they will be given the opportunity to present.

Important Dates

(all times are 23:59 Anywhere on Earth or AoE):

Full Paper Submissions Deadlines

February 17, 2021 Papers submission deadline
April 21, 2021 Notifications given (accept/minor/major/reject) 
June 2, 2021 Revisions due
July 7, 2021 Final notifications given


Rapid Communications, Work-In-Progress, Student Game Design Competition, Interactivity and Doctoral Consortium Submissions Deadlines

July 16, 2021 Papers submission deadline
August 20, 2021 Notifications 
September 10, 2021 Camera Ready Deadline
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