Homes of Games Research – HeGRiC and Game Studies at the University of Helsinki

Letter of Intent, published in Tekniikan Waiheita.

Abstract: Game studies refers to a multidisciplinary field of scholarly studies of games and play which is establishing as an independent academic discipline in Finland. Helsinki Game Research Collective (HeGRiC) is an emerging network for game studies, based at the University of Helsinki. Its purpose is to increase the visibility of game studies and to facilitate collaboration and expertise accumulation within the University. This essay discusses the origin and goals of HeGRiC as a network to support game studies, discusses the development of game research at the University of Helsinki, and finally, outlines the network’s declarations of intent.

HeGRiC joins Katsomukset in Night of Science 2021!

The annual Night of Science is on the 14th of January in 2021. Hegric joins the science advocate Katsomukset in developing a citypuzzle game for the Night of Science event.

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Engel’s code – Citypuzzle by Katsomukset 

At night fall the architect Engel drew a map filled with puzzles. Through cobblestones the winding trail of myths circled into the city. Find the forgotten route, unravel the secret path and solve Englel’s code! Find the beginning at the Helsinki Cathedral Unioninkatu side stairs. The game can be played alone or as a group using your own mobile smart device. The first puzzle is given at the start from 17.00 o’clock. Updating info at and here!

Welcome to HeGRiC!

HeGRiC stands for Helsinki Game Research Collective and is a group of cross-disciplinary scholars based at the University of Helsinki. Our aim is to fruitfully pursue the study the intersection of games and other disciplines. The HeGRiC researchers represent a variety of fields, completely in line with our goal to treat games – digital, social, as well as analogue – as dynamic products of cross-disciplinary interests.

The aim of HeGRiC is to facilitate game research visibility, collaboration and expertise locally at the University of Helsinki.

The HeGRiC group is currently focused on scholarly quests as follows:

  • The game studies and historical culture research seminar, led by Dr Derek Fewster. The seminar meets approximately once per month to enjoy guest lectures, research papers and scholarly discussion on the topic of games and the humanities. See the research seminar page for more details.
  • Every now and then we talk about HeGRiC and our research in external contexts. Read or listen to some of it here: HeGRiC Media Presence.
  • Imagining the Nordic – approaches to regionality in video games is a series of research papers focused on discussing the Nordics as represented in games, as well as a regional hub for game-making. This was going to be presented as a panel at cancelled conference DiGRA 2020. Will be presented at a later date.
  • HeGRiC is collaborating, or organizing Events.

If you would like to get in touch with us, feel free to write any of the below listed HeGRiC members. Detailed presentations coming soon.


Derek Fewster

Heidi Rautalahti

Ylva Grufstedt

Lysiane Lasausse

Jakob Lindström