The Tampere Game Research Lab has hosted an international spring seminar for work-in-progress papers annually since 2005. As all participants have been able to read each paper in advance, the seminar has offered a unique place for informed discussion and to receive worthwhile and relevant criticism. Each seminar has had a theme and two or more expert commentators. Professor Frans Mäyrä has chaired the seminars, with professor Olli Sotamaa co-chairing since 2019.
2019 Urban Play
Commentators: Sybille Lammes from Leiden University and Dale Leorke from Tampere University.
2018 Making Games
Commentators: Casey O’Donnell from Michigan State University and Annakaisa Kultima from Aalto University.
2017 Spectating Play
Commentators: Tanja Sihvonen from University of Vaasa and Nick Taylor from NC State University, with an industry keynote by Rami Ismail.
2016 Money and Games
Commentators: Juho Hamari from University of Tampere and Pauliina Raento from University of Helsinki.
2014 Critical Evaluation of Game Studies
Commentators: Jesper Juul from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Bart Simon from Concordia University, with keynote by Espen Aarseth from IT University of Copenhagen.
2012 Role-Playing in Games
Commentators: Torill Mortensen from ITU Copenhagen and J. Tuomas Harviainen from University of Tampere.
2009 Playful Experiences
Commentators: Aki Järvinen from ITU Copenhagen and Oskar Juhlin from The Interactive Institute.
2008 Breaking the Magic Circle
Commentators: Markus Montola from University of Tampere and Simon Niedenthal from Malmö University.
2007 Games in Society
Commentators: T.L. Taylor from ITU Copenhagen and Daniel Pargman from Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
2005 Creative Gamers
Commentators: Henry Jenkins from MIT and Mikko Lehtonen from University of Tampere.