The UTA Game Research Lab has got grants and started working on several new research projects recently:
- FUN, the Finnish-US SAVI project got funding from the Tekes in Finland and NSF in the US to catalyse trans-Atlantic collaboration particularly in games and education research; we have been working on gamification and player research survey collaboration on this one;
- in Services, the Tivit SHOK we are taking part in the Education work package to look into the potentials of game-like learning in mixed reality applications (MixLearn);
- the Gaming Behaviour literature survey is our new opening, started after winning the open European tender process for a research partnership with Norsk Tipping, the state lottery in Norway;
- we are now also starting the work on the Pelaajabarometri 2013, the comprehensive national survey on both traditional games and digital games play in Finland, with a grant from Pelitoiminnan tutkimussäätiö (the Finnish Foundation for Gaming Research)
- last but not least, Free2Play, the new two-year research project studying the multiple aspects related to the freemium model got funding from the Tekes Skene program, and the consortium of leading Finnish games companies.
All of us – and me personally – we want to thank warmly everyone involved for the continuing support to the games research we are carrying out in the Gamelab! Together, these new initiatives rise the count of externally funded research projects in Gamelab over 40, and with a total grant budget of c. 5,5 million euros. (And I have already long time ago lost count of the publications our talented team of researchers has produced over the years…)