Games Now!

Games Now! 2017 – 2018

Aalto University’s Media Lab is proud to present the fifth annual Games Now! -lecture series.

Games Now! is a lecture series of hot topics of the game industry and playful cultures. In Games Now! we dig deeper to what is current at the game scene – and what will happen in the near future. Aalto’s Design Factory will provide the stage for industry leaders and inspiring individuals to provide their insights and advise students and practitioners alike can take and directly apply to their practice. The topics and speaker invitations are curated in collaboration with Finland’s game industry leaders and companies.

The lectures will be held on Mondays (approximately once a month) and they are open for public. There’s networking and coffee available for everyone after the lectures.

2018 program:

There might be some changes and additions to the program.

Mon 15.1.2018 15:00-17:00
The Great Finnish Live Ops Panel” Reko Ukko (Seriously), Emmi Kuusikko (Next Games), Lauri Ahlgren (Supercell) and Heini Kaihu (Rovio)
Design Factory, The Stage (Otaniemi)

Mon 5.2.2018 15:00-17:00
“I WANT 2 MAKE MUSIC 4 UR GAME” – Elie Abraham (Ian & Elie)
Design Factory, The Stage (Otaniemi)

Mon 12.3.2018 15:00-17:00
Algorithms that Play and Design Games” – Julian Togelius (New York University, NYU)
Design Factory, The Stage (Otaniemi)

Mon 9.4.2018 15:00-17:00
Looking Bright – the Current Landscape of Accessibility for Gamers with Disabilities– Ian Hamilton (independent) & Licia Prehn (Nopia)
Design Factory, The Stage (Otaniemi)

2.-4.5.2018 10:00 –>
Games Now! Jam
Learning Center, Makerspace (Otaniemi)
Games available at:

Mon 21.5.2018 14:00-16:00
Esports Growth via Live Streaming” – T.L. Taylor (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT)

Design Factory, The Stage (Otaniemi)

2017 program:

Mon 25.09.2017 15.00-17.00
“Game Design – A Year in Review Jaakko Kemppainen, independent
Design Factory, The Stage (Otaniemi)

Mon 30.10.2017 15.00-17.00
Developing Games for Chat Applications” – Elina Arponen, Quicksave
Design Factory, The Stage (Otaniemi)

Mon 13.11.2017 15.00-17.00
“Making Hardware Indie Games” – Robin Baumgarten, independent
Design Factory, The Stage (Otaniemi)

Mon 20.11.2017 15.00-17.00
Why do Influencers Matter for Your Game, and How to Work with Them – Veera Rouvinen, Traplight Games
Design Factory, The Stage (Otaniemi)

Mon 4.12.2017 15:00-17:00
Leveraging Game Culturalization towards Bridging the Gap between West and East – Kate Edwards, Geogrify
Startup Sauna (Otaniemi)

How to get credits?

The lecture series is open for game educators to utilize in their teaching. We provide the lecture stream and recordings, you decide how to credit your students. For Aalto students, check the details of the course from:

For the academic year 2017-2018 we will develop the participatory mechanics of our lectures and other online aspects of the course (as part of the A!OLE program). Follow Games Now! Facebook page for additional updates and content.

If you have any additional questions, comments or ideas, please contact Annakaisa Kultima (