How to cite a video game in MLA

MLA video game citation

To cite a video game in a reference entry in MLA style 8th edition include the following elements:

  1. Rights-holder of the game: Give the name of the rights-holder of the game. If none, omit this part and start with the title.
  2. Title of the video game: Titles are italicized when independent. If part of a larger source add quotation marks and do not italize.
  3. Version description: Give the version number of the game and platform where it can be played.
  4. Publisher: Give the name of the company that produced the game if available.
  5. Year of publication: Give the year of publication as presented in the source.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a video game in MLA style 8th edition:

Rights-holder of the game. Title of the video game. Version Version description, Publisher, Year of publication.

Take a look at our works cited examples that demonstrate the MLA style guidelines in action:


A video game for PC without rights-holder

Fortnite: Battle Royale. Version 8.50 for Windows PC, Epic Games, 2019.

A video game for iPhone without rights-holder

Pokémon Rumble Rush. Version 1.3.0 for iPhone, 2019.

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