The peer-reviewed academic journal *Asiascape: Digital Asia* (DIAS) is now inviting contributions for its 2016 special issue, “The Dynamics of Digital Play in Asia”. We welcome submissions from researchers from the social sciences, computer sciences, and arts and humanities, as well as from multi- and interdisciplinary backgrounds, which explore the socio-political, economic, aesthetic, philosophical or cultural dimensions of digital play in contemporary Asian contexts (see abstract below). A jury composed of the editorial team will award the annual DIAS “Best Research Article” prize to the most compelling submission, and a “Best Article by an Emerging Scholar” award to the most impressive submission by a junior researcher. In addition to a certificate, the laureate(s) will receive their prize in the form of book coupons from Brill Publishing.

Possible topics for submissions include but are not limited to:

  • Convergent technologies and the impact on established modes of digital play 
  • Government regulations and types of digital game play
  • Video game fandom and free labor
  • History of the growth of video games in Asia
  • Digital gaming as social technology/media
  • A culturally specific aesthetic to the production and consumption of video games
  • Gendered consumption and production of video games
  • Moral panics about video games and religion
  • Concerns about mobile gaming addiction and consequent policy changes
  • Critical interpretation of emerging local game industries in Asia
  • Unique ways in which specific Asian countries have adopted video game platforms
  • Case studies to gaming in places such as China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, etc.

Submissions should be no more than 10,000 words, including notes and references, and should be submitted through the journal’s editorial management system ( by 1 August 2015. Please see the instructions for authors for further information on the in-house style requirements ( For further questions, please contact the special issue editors, Dr. Dal Yong Jin (, and the managing editor, Dr. Florian Schneider (