Studying Game Development Cultures

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By analyzing and contextualizing different aspects of the Finnish game development scene, this article provides concrete examples of why we need cultural studies of game development and how game development cultures can be studied. The article follows a three-layer approach, first exploring some of the historical and political developments that have shaped forms of local game production. Second, a focus is placed on working cultures within the industry and attitudes toward crunch time, work–life balance, and workplace regulation. Third, everyday strategies of organizing creative work are analyzed to better understand game studio cultures. The lessons from this empirical study directly contribute to the larger scholarly discussions around game production and creative labor.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalGames and culture
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • game development
  • Game production studies
  • game industry

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  • Publication forum level 2


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