Pre-program, Sunday April 17th

If you are in town the evening before the seminar, drop in and have a drink or a dinner at your own expense in a merry company.

Sunday dinner & drinks starts 18:00 at Restaurant Plevna, Itäinenkatu 8 (

Day 1, Monday April 18th

8:30 Registration opens (Pinni A building, A1081)

9:00 Opening words

  • Seminar chair Frans Mäyrä

9:30 Session 1: Context

  • Heimo, Olli I., Harviainen, J. Tuomas, Kimppa, Kai K. & Mäkilä, Tuomas: Virtual to Virtuous Money: Video Game Business Logic and Virtue Ethics
  • Sebastian Deterding: Toward Economic Platform Studies

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Session 2: Meaning

  • Christopher Paul: Performing Masculinity: Free-to-Play and Money
  • Markus Montola: Free-to-Play Games as Monopolies of Endogenous Meaning

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Session 3: Developers

  • Mia Consalvo & Christopher Paul: Value Crafting: Indie Game Developers and Risk Management
  • Lies van Roessel: F2P: A Necessary Evil

14:00 Commentator Keynote

  • Pauliina Raento: Gambling as Learning and Work: Challenges to Scholars

14:30 Coffee Break

15:00 Session 4: Case Studies:

  • Patrick Prax: Buy a booster: A comparative study of the economic systems of three digital trading and collectible card games
  • Paul Okopny, Ilya Musabirov, Daria Krysanova, and Grigorii Lysov: Observing status purchasing and stratification in F2P online games: the case of Lady Popular
  • Janne Paavilainen: Credit Card Tank Bustin’: Free-to-Play Design in Armored Warfare

16:30 Day Ends (Official Part)

19:00 Evening program

  • Snacks, drinks, discussion (Oasis, Pinni B, 2nd Floor)

Day 2, Tuesday April 19th

10:00 Registration Opens (Pinni A building, A1081)

10:30 Session 5: Labour

  • Sonia Fizek & Anne Dippel: Ludification of Work or Labourisation of Play? On work/play interferences in the digital times.
  • Tanja Sihvonen: Gameplay, streaming, and virtual work

11:30 Commentator Keynote

  • Juho Hamari: Prominent research veins on “money and games”

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Session 6: Players

  • Kati Alha, Elina Koskinen, Janne Paavilainen, Jani Kinnunen: Players on Free-to-Play Games
  • Simo Järvelä, Mikko Salminen, J. Matias Kivikangas & Niklas Ravaja: Neuroeconomics of free-to-play games: frustration as a predictor of buying behavior
  • Jani Kinnunen: Players’ money management in gambling and free-to-play gaming
  • Tiina Malinen: Social Interaction in a Game of Poker

15:00 Coffee Break

15:30 Session 7: Price

  • Yinyi Luo: Why Pre-ordering instead of Waiting for a Price-drop? Why Buying Games instead of Pirating Them?
  • Denis Bulygin, Alexander Sirotkin, Ilya Musabirov, and Paul Okopny: Cosmetic items pricing in Steam Community Market. The case of Dota 2

16:30-17:00 Closing Discussion