Rapid Communications is an innovative track at CHI PLAY focusing on specific topics of interest to the community, highlighting significant work from both industry and research. We welcome contributions from practitioners and researchers in game development, games user research, games education, gamification, and player experience. The track is also suitable for individuals, studios, and companies who want to showcase their work and share lessons learned from success and failure.

We invite two different kinds of contributions: 1) a long format (3-10 pages) for contributions such as “lessons learned” from academic research or position papers, and 2) a short format (2-3 pages, plus slide deck) for contributions such as industry showcases, “lessons learned” from game development, or other game-related ecosystems.

Rapid Communication papers are published in the CHI PLAY 2021 Extended Abstracts and are published in the ACM Digital Library. Copyright is retained by the authors, and the material from them can be used as the basis for future publications as long as there are “significant” revisions from the original.

 Submission to the Rapid Communication track will be opened in mid-June 2021.


3-10 pages in ACM Primary Article Template, single-column manuscript style. Or 2-3 pages in ACM Primary Article Template, plus slide deck.

  • Option 1: long format submission: 3 to 10 pages in ACM Primary Article Template, single-column manuscript style
  • Option 2: short format submission: 2 to 3 pages in ACM Primary Article Template, single-column manuscript style, including a 250-word abstract and a brief rationale how the contribution is of interest to the CHI PLAY community, as well as a first draft of the slide deck intended to be presented at the conference.

CHI PLAY 2021 will use the new ACM Primary Article Templates; detailed instructions on formatting can be found at http://www.acm.org/publications/authors/submissions. Authors should submit manuscripts for review in a single-column format, which is available for Word and LaTeX (use the “manuscript” call to create a single-column format, rather than “acmsmall”). 

If you are using the ACM LaTeX Overleaf template, please select the “ACM Journals – New Primary Template“, not the “ACM Conference Proceedings ‘Master’ Template”.

Submit your work via Precision Conference System (PCS) 2.0


Important dates

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

July 16, 2021 Rapid Communications papers submission deadline
August 20, 2021 Notifications 
September 10, 2021 Camera Ready Deadline

Questions? Please contact the Rapid Communications Chairs at email rapidcommunications@chiplay.acm.org.