Markus Montola

I am a Helsinki-based game scholar and designer.

As a game designer, I currently focus on free-to-play mechanics and game economy at the oldest Finnish game studio Housemarque. Previously, I worked as the lead game designer of the Finnish game studio Grey Area, on two iOS titles: the location-based MMORPG Shadow Cities and the map-based tank shooter Tank Legions.

As a games scholar, I worked from 2004 to 2010 at Nokia Research Center and University of Tampere Gamelab. My award-winning doctoral dissertation, On the Edge of the Magic Circle (2012) discusses role-playing and pervasive gaming and proposes a theoretical framework for studying ephemeral games.

I’m an author or an editor of Pervasive Games: Theory and Design (2009), Nordic Larp (2010), Playground Worlds (2008) and Beyond Role and Play (2004).


Cellphone: +358 44 544 2445