Special Issue "Cloud Gamification 2019"

A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489). This special issue belongs to the section "Information Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Ricardo Queirós

ESMAD/P.PORTO, Porto, Portugal
Website | E-Mail
Interests: technology enhanced learning; elearning interoperability; web systems and services
Guest Editor
Dr. Jakub Swacha

Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Szczecin, Szczecin, Poland
Website | E-Mail
Guest Editor
Prof. Robertas Damaševičius

Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania
Website | E-Mail
Interests: sustainable software engineering; IT applications; smart learning; gamification patterns

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Gamification can be defined as the use of game-design elements in non-game contexts in order to foster user satisfaction and, consequently, engage and motivate users to progress. At the same time backend-as-a-service (BaaS) appeared as cloud computing platforms acting as a set of remote service and software development kits, allowing developers to connect their Web and mobile applications to validated services. The combination of gamification and those backend platforms has given rise to the appearance of game backend as a service platforms (GBaaS). This new type of backend platform aims to deliver powerful real-time tools and services to be used, primarily, in games and, nowadays, with the evolution of gamification, are starting to being used for other domains such as medicine, marketing and education. Despite the tremendous success of gamification, this interesting shift unveils several issues regarding the design and implementation of gamification services. This process is still being created from scratch and is based on ad hoc methodologies. In fact, neither standards, specifications or frameworks regulate this hot topic.

This Special Issue seeks to fill the gap between the evolution of BaaS in the cloud realm and the unregulated growth of game services. We invite designers, developers and users of gamification systems and services to present the results of their work, share new trends, methodologies and best practices for the design and implementation of gamification services in the cloud context.


Application of software-based gamification
Best practices for the design of gamification UI
Big data and gamification
Conceptual and technical frameworks for implementing gamification in the cloud
Gamification as a service
Models and architectures for gamified cloud-based systems
New concepts and techniques in gamification design and development
Open-source gamification tools and libraries
Player behavior modelling
Procedures for testing gamification
Development and evaluation of systems using cloud-based gamification services
Standardization of gamification-related data

This Special Issue is a follow-up of the Special Session on Cloud Gamification to be held at the 25th International Conference on Information and Software Technologies (ICIST 2019) on 10–12 October 2019 in Vilnius, Lithuania. We invite both the authors who participated in the workshop to submit extended versions of their papers presented there, as well as other authors with new contributions on this topic. Please note that the extended versions of conference papers must include a minimum of 30% new content.

Dr. Ricardo Queirós
Dr. Jakub Swacha
Prof. Robertas Damaševičius
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Information is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Gamification as a service
  • Gamified software systems
  • Gamification models
  • Game data standards

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
Information EISSN 2078-2489 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top