Ville Kankainen is a game designer, and a PhD student in the Tampere University Game Research Lab. He has worked in the lab since 2015. In his dissertation Kankainen studies the relation of online media and tabletop-gaming. His research interests are focused on board game cultures, hybrid play, post-digitality, game design, game based learning and game jams. He has co-written over 10 research articles and has been teaching game studies and game design in several courses. Currently he is working also as a researcher in Aalto University, studying game jams. Since 2018, he has been the main organizer for Ropecon Academic Seminar.
Keywords: Game Studies, Board Games, Hybrid Play, Analog Play, Post-digital, Game Design, Tabletop Games, Game Jams, Game Based Learning