CHI PLAY is an 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.”

The goal of the conference is to highlight and foster discussion of current high quality research in games and HCI as foundations for the future of digital play. To this end, the conference will feature streams that blend academic research and games with research papers, interactive demos, and industry case studies.

CHI Play 2017 will take place in beautiful and unconventional venues on the waterfront of Amsterdam. The main conference will be hosted at the Pakhuis de Zwijger, a renovated warehouse turned into a cultural center. Workshops and courses will be held in the Marineterrein, a former naval base, now an innovation hub, and hosted by IJsfontein. The exhibition will take place at MediaMatic, a space dedicated to new media arts since 1983.

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).