Distance Education Decision for Autumn 2020

The Department of Game Design has formally decided to go online-only for the Autumn 2020 Semester.

This means that all of our students will be able to live anywhere in the world and fully participate throughout the rest of this year.

We would like to emphasize that this decision is only temporary and only in response to the current Covid-19 pandemic situation. We intend to provide our campus education on-campus as soon as the situation will allow. A decision for the Spring Semester 2021 will be taken no later than October.

Nordegravar, Visby.
Hopefully we’ll see you on Gotland by the spring semester 2021.

You probably have a lot of questions and so we have tried to collect some of them to provide some answers and resources for you: 

  • FAQ page about the Distance Education Decision for Autumn 2020
    • If you feel that your question is not answered there, please feel free to write to us and we will try to do our best to answer or add it to the list.
  • The department’s technician remains available on campus throughout the spring semester. Erik Wallin (@weakman54) is filling in for Finn Engström, and will be available in F11 between 13:00-15:00. Current students can contact Erik if you need any help with hardware.

Department newsletter #6

Highlights from this issue:·       

  • Programme Council meetings coming up in May.
    • Contact your Programme Coordinator or a Student Representative from the list, to influence your education.
  • Application to become a Buddy opens today, closes on April 20. Details are found in the email from gamedesign at speldesign.uu.se sent late on April 15.
  • Remember to sign your team up for the Gotland Game Conference replacement Jam on itch.
  • Join the webinar about Study Abroad opportunities, April 17.
  • A short report from an event from the Games & Society Lab.

Announcing the Itch.io Gotland Game Conference 2020 Showcase!

A jam to show off the student games that were supposed to show at the (cancelled) Gotland Game Conference!

We sadly had to cancel the Gotland Game Conference 2020 due to the Corona outbreak. Even without a show floor, however, our students are all still producing A TON of new games this semester which need to be play tested, scrutinized and celebrated! 

Hence: the Itch.io Gotland Game Conference 2020 Showcase

We expect to have more than 40 games available for anyone to play, for free, from the comfort of their own homes. Everyone is welcome to join in and vote on the games they play!

  • Game Submissions will be open between May 1st (12:00) – June 1st (12:00) (local time).
  • Public play testing and voting will happen on June 1st – June 4th.  (12:00, Swedish time).

All student teams should follow the usual delivery schedule to have their games properly archived and published on the department website. In addition to those deliveries, all teams are also strongly encouraged to submit their game to the public Showcase, to be play-tested and voted on in early June! 

As with the regular GGC, student participation is entirely voluntary and is not a part of your course work. You are not graded for your performance in the event.

Read Student Info carefully and contact Ulf Benjaminsson if you have questions.

Special Edition Newsletter

  • All courses for the spring semester have moved online
  • Register for your upcoming courses (deadline: March 29th)
  • Apply for your autumn courses (deadline: April 15th)
    • Information was mailed to you on March 16th. Check your spam folder!
  • Gotland Game Conference 2020 has been cancelled

Read the full-text PDF here:

Keep calm, stay informed and wash your hands.