In November 2003 Level Up, the inaugural Digital Games Research Conference took place in Utrecht, The Netherlands. This inaugural conference was organised by the University Utrecht in collaboration with the Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) and leading academic and industry partners.

The conference committee

Conference Chair

Joost Raessens holds the chair of Media Theory at Utrecht University. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (2006) and Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Riverside (2004-2005).

He is member of the Council for the Humanities (KNAW) and is on the editorial board of Games and Culture (SAGE). He was the conference chair of the first Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) conference Level Up in Utrecht (2003).

Raessens’ current research concerns the ‘ludification of culture,’ focusing in particular on the playful construction of identities, on applied, serious and persuasive gaming, and on the notion of play as a conceptual framework for the analysis of media use. For more information about Joost click here.