Game Design

Welcome to the first edition of the Game Design and Research track of IndiaHCI. Through this track, we wish to invite folks who are interested in games, game design, applied games, gamification, play, play design, toys, and allied areas to participate in the conference. India has been (and is) a playful country, symbolized by games like Chaturanga (the ancient predecessor of Chess), Mokshapattam (the ancient predecessor of Snakes and Ladders), and festivals like Holi where the Magic Circle blurs with the social reality. Against the rich backdrop of our playing and sporting through centuries, this track aims to pioneer quality design and research in the field of games in India. 

We invite game designers, game scholars, game design scholars, game design students, gamification designers, play designers, teachers, and everyone who makes, thinks, and applies games to submit and showcase their work. Submissions to this track can be made in two forms — Demos and Short Papers

Submission topics include, but are not limited to:

Submissions can include original work related to any of the forms mentioned below or beyond 

Important Dates

(All deadlines close at 23:59 IST)

Submission Summary

Submission category

Your submission can fall into one of the following two categories: 

A) Demo and B) Short Paper

Demo Paper

This category includes playable demos, partially made games (but with full concept), etc. All selected demonstrations will be exhibited at the conference. 

Demos submitted by student participants (students enrolled in full-time courses in universities) will automatically enter into a student game design competition. Finalists will give a brief presentation about their games. This is subject to verification of the student status of the authors. 

A demo submission should include the following

Short paper

Research on games can be submitted in the form of a short paper (refer to the submission format). These papers will have presentations at the conference.

Submission for short papers for games track should include: 

Review Process

Each category of submission follows a different review process. 

Review process for Demo

A submission will be evaluated on following dimensions: 

Review process for Short papers

A submission will evaluated on following dimensions: 

Upon Acceptance

Authors of selected submissions will submit a Camera-ready version and will be invited to the conference in Mumbai. At least one of the authors should register for the conference; they will present their work at the conference. Authors of the selected short papers will receive detailed information about the presentation. Games/Toys/Play activities selected for Demos will receive an email requesting details of the game and the facilities required to exhibit at the conference.

At the main conference

At least one of the registered authors of accepted Short Papers is required to present their work at the main conference. Authors of Demos should be prepared to bring a playable demo of the game and all necessary hardware for demonstration at IndiaHCI.

Demos will be displayed in a designated play area at the conference venue. Attendees will visit the play area and play/playtest these games. Exhibited student entries selected by judges will give a brief 5-minute presentation about their game. Winners from each category will be announced during the event.


Although AI tools such as ChatGPT can be safely used for editing author-generated content, their use in content generation is strongly discouraged. While we won't actively employ tools to identify text generated by any of the AI tools, we will investigate submissions brought to our attention.  All authors are expected to take responsibility for any concerns regarding the accuracy or integrity of their submitted work. AI-generated images can only be used for placeholders with transparent attribution. 

Any queries regarding the paper submission should be directed to the game design track chairs - Malay Dhamelia (, Sandeep Athavale ( and Aakash Johry (