Gamecity Hamburg’s aim is to improve the general conditions for companies and founders of the games value chain in the city, to support them in their further development and to anchor Hamburg in the public perception as one of the leading games hubs in Europe. We are the contact point for Hamburg's games funding as well as the Games Lift Incubator and also offer programs, events, and services in close cooperation with the games industry to strengthen local developers. At the same time, we promote the exchange of knowledge within the sector and with other industries. The promotion of young talent, the development of new formats that activate the strong network of games companies in the city, and internationalization are the focus of our activities.
Hamburg the "Gamecity"
Hamburg is the economic centre of Northern Germany. Here innovative business models fall on fertile ground – enriched by creativity and strong merchant spirit. A strong and diversified economic structure and a vibrant start up ecosystem provide a good basis for successfully implementing ideas. Four of the ten largest German game companies (Bigpoint, gamigo, Goodgame Studios and InnoGames - in alphabetical order) according the number of employees in Germany were founded and are located in Hamburg.
Further game companies from Hamburg with long-term success in developing games for console, PC, online or mobile are among others Bytro Labs, Daedalic Entertainment, Deep Silver Fishlabs and Xyrality. Also Hamburg is home to multiple award-winning indie studios like Mooneye Studios, Osmotic Studios, Rockfish Games or THREAKS. It is also not without reason that leading internet giants such as Google, Facebook, Adobe Systems Engineering, Twitch and more decided to choose Hamburg for headquarters in Germany. When it comes to upcoming developers, Hamburg has plenty of public and private study programs focusing on the skills needed to start a career in the games industry.
Hamburg Metropolitan Region is one of the most competitive regions in Germany or Europe. Some 5 million people live and work here, at the interface of major European transport axes between Scandinavia, West, East and Southern Europe. Blessed with the best infrastructure, a skilled workforce, innovative companies and research institutes at the leading edge of their disciplines, the economy continues on its growth trend.
Hamburg is one of the most important hot spots for the games industry in Europe.
Hamburg offers an excellent environment as a highly innovative media and digital location that can also look back on a long tradition as a commercial city. That is why it is only logical that Hamburg has gained the reputation of “Gamecity”. In the last few years the games branch has grown to be a prospering economic cluster here with about 150 companies, including an impressive number of innovative content companies and service providers that have adopted the games topic. This means that games have become an important factor in the media location Hamburg.
The gamesmap is an online directory of the games industry in Germany. It shows an interactive map with listed German game companies, service providers, and educational institutions.
We are pushing things forward in Hamburg’s games industry and are your contact for well-founded industry insights. We can connect you with game developers or other game-related spokespersons. Also let us know if you would like to know more about our programs, events or activities.