Limit’less Gaming is a three-year nationwide project in Finland that tackles problematic gaming by raising awareness, developing social interventions and providing support for professionals working with gamers and young adults.
Raising awareness about gaming and gaming-related problems
We produce, summarize and publish information concerning problematic gaming as well as other gaming-related topics. In October 2017, we published a two-part literature review that summarizes over 300 international research articles and forms a basis for our ongoing project work.
Part 1. ”Gaming and gaming disorder. A review on dimensions of gaming.” [Kuuluvainen, S. & Mustonen, T. (2017). Digitaalinen viihdepelaaminen ja digipeliriippuvuus. Katsaus pelaamisen eri ulottuvuuksiin. Helsinki: Sosped Foundation.]
Part 2. ”Peer support as a means to overcome problematic gaming?” [Niemi, T. (2017). Vertaistuestako apu ongelmalliseen digipelaamiseen? Helsinki: Sosped Foundation.]
The review (in Finnish) is freely available from our website [dowload publication].
We continue sharing research-based and experience-based information on gaming-related topics in written materials, seminars and public events throughout the project.
Social interventions for excessive gamers
We develop low-threshold services for young adults who are concerned about the negative effects of gaming on their everyday lives. Our social interventions are based on peer support, group-based activities and psychoeducation. The group-based activities are aimed at 18-29 year olds who play videogames excessively.
Currently, Limit’less Gaming provides three group-based interventions:
DPR Control. Peer support groups based on shared experiences and discussions. Intended for excessive gamers who want to quit or limit gaming. Mentored by trained Limit’less Gaming peers.
DPR Bootcamp. Peer support groups based on doing and acting together. Gaming, serious games, and board games are utilized as forms of social interaction that also serve as a base for discussions and other activities. Intended to support the social contacts and everyday wellbeing of excessive gamers.
DPR Chat / Online. Online support for gamers, as well as for gamers’ families and significant others. Open public chats aimed at providing low-threshold first contact for anyone concerned of their own or another person’s excessive gaming. Moderated by trained Limit’less Gaming peers, supported by Limit’less Gaming project team.
Training and support for professionals working with gamers and young adults
We provide information and supporting materials for professionals who face gaming and gaming-related problems in their daily work (e.g., in health and social care, youth work, and other related fields). We also give lectures and organize tailored trainings for professionals and communities who wish to learn more about problematic and excessive gaming.
Supporting materials, such as guidelines for detecting symptoms of problematic gaming behaviors and links to other service providers’ websites, are also available for gamers, as well as the parents, spouses and concerned others of those affected by problematic gaming.
Have a question? Please, contact us!
Head of project, researcher
tel. +358 44 293 9497
terhi.mustonen (at) sosped.fi
tel. +358 44 371 5455
helmi.korhonen (at) sosped.fi
tel. +358 44 359 4319
risto.joensuu (at) sosped.fi
Limit’less Gaming is a project by Sosped Foundation. The three-year nationwide project (2017-2019) is funded by the Funding Centre of Social Welfare and Health Organizations (STEA), which operates under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.