The Manchester Games Studies Network (MGSN), established at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2016, is an interdisciplinary research group working on games and play. Our focus is on both analogue and digital games, and the MGSN team brings together academics and practitioners from a range of disciplines, including Education, English, Games Design, History, Media Studies, Psychology, Science Communication, and Sociology.

Associate members


Members of the MGSN have worked with (and continue to work with) the following external organisations. If you would like to be involved in the work of the Network please contact us.

Inclusivity Statement

The MGSN is committed to supporting games researchers regardless of age, race, nationality, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sex, sexuality, ability, body, or ethnic origin. We believe that games studies, and the games industry, is held back when these voices are marginalized. We aim to build a culture in which fairness and inclusion are a fundamental part of everything that we do, and in which diversity is valued and celebrated. We subscribe to Manchester Metropolitan University’s statement on equality and diversity, which can be read in full here.

Where we arrange events our aim is to ensure that they are accessible to all. Arrangements will be made in an awareness that people have a diverse range of needs due to ability, chronic health issues, or neurodiversity. We are aware that we won’t always get everything right and welcome feedback either using this form or via email at


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