More initiatives of the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft
De
More initiatives of the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft

Corona Crisis - Support information Update March 30

We will update this page regularly as soon as we receive new information

For companies or freelancers that get into financial difficulties due to possible cancelation of orders, shortfalls or other reasons due to the ongoing crisis, there are some support possibilities, whether through reorganization or state support. Here, we list the relevant contact points and support services.

Package of measures of the Federal Government

The game association summarizes the federal government's package of measures regarding games companies on its website: game

Freelancers, self-employed persons, and companies can now apply for short-term liquidity support from KfW-Bank via their own house banks. Click here to go directly to KfW's factsheets and further information: LINK

In addition, there is a relief for the short-time allowance, which comes into effect retroactively as of March 1, 2020, and can be paid out. The necessary information and instructions are available on the website of the employment agency: Arbeitsagentur

To apply for short-time working allowance (the local employment agency is responsible), you can use the employer hotline of the Federal Agency: +49 800 45555 20.

On the other hand, an emergency fund is currently being set up, which will focus in particular on self-employed persons and micro-enterprises. Further information on this will follow shortly.

 

Hamburg companies and freelancers

As part of the Kreativ Gesellschaft Hamburg, we are available to answer questions from Hamburg's creative professionals. We have set up a service hotline especially for the current situation:

+49 40 23724965

  • Monday and Tuesday: 2-5 pm
  • Wednesday and Thursday 10 am -1 pm and 2-5 pm 
  • Friday: 10 am - 1 pm

Here you can ask your most pressing questions. We will do everything possible to help you find suitable offers and ways of support and to make your concerns heard more strongly through our networks.

Measures of the Hamburg Senate

The aid package of the Hamburg Senate was adopted in a 10-point program on Friday, March 20, 2020.

A detailed overview can be found in the summary of the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft with additional information about help lines and further support programs.

Here are some points in overview:

Hamburg Corona Emergency Aid (HCS) of the Senate UPDATE

Together with IFB, there is an aid program for small and medium-sized enterprises and freelancers who have currently experienced problems due to the crisis that threatens their existence. It is planned to provide direct, real subsidies in the amount of:

  • 2.500 € (solo self-employed)
  • 5.000 € (less than 10 employees)
  • 10.000 € (10-50 employees)

As of March 30, 2020, grants can be applied for at IFB Hamburg under the Hamburg Protection Scheme for Corona-damaged companies and institutions. The application is only possible online via the website of IFB Hamburg:

Homepage IFB HH

There you can find detailed information about the application process and what kind of grants are possible. 

The Hamburg Corona Emergency Aid (HCS) is tiered according to the number of employees - non-repayable subsidies are provided for. The combination of funds from the federal and state governments results in a maximum subsidy amount of:

  • 11,500 € (solo self-employed)
  • 14,000 € (1-5 employees)
  • 20,000 € (6-10 employees)
  • 25,000 € (11-50 employees)
  • 30,000 € (51-250 employees)

Tax aid: Corona decree for the tax administration

The Corona Decree on tax aid has been agreed and will enter into force immediately.

Contents:

  • Interest-free deferral of tax types income tax, corporation tax, turnover tax
  • Reduction of quarterly advances under simplified conditions

In demonstrably affected cases, there should be the possibility of facilitating the enforcement of tax arrears.

Further information on current measures will be published here: Hamburg.de

 

What else can companies and freelancers do?

#WeVsVirus Online Hackathon March 20 - 22

43.000 participants joined the Hackathon of the Federal Government. Joint solutions and prototypes were developed in 48 hours, which will hopefully meet the challenge of the current crisis. #WeVsVirus Online Hackathon

The first results can be found in this Airtable Overview. 

Photo by AbsolutVision on Unsplash

News

Photo: Selim Sudheimer

Games Internship: Insights into Hamburg's Game Studio

We accompanied the 20 students participating in this year's 3-week school internship and saw what they had already learned and worked on during the past weeks. This time we stopped by at their first day at Deep Silver FISHLABS and got a great lesson on game design.

Guides to the Games Industry: Interview with Christopher Dring from GamesIndustry.biz

Games business outlets: They are our guides to the business but barely guided to. Well, not anymore! In a short article series, we will be your guide to the real guides of the games industry, portraying some of the major B2B outlets that are essential readings in the industry. First up, GamesIndustry.biz and Christopher Dring, Head of Games B2B.

Queer Games Bundle 2022 - our Top 5

Pride Month 2022 is almost over and so is the sale period for Queer Games Bundle 2022 on itch.io. After a successful premiere in 2021, the Queer Games Bundle once again presents lots and lots of games by queer game makers, aiming to support queer creators and celebrate the diversity of their games. We had a look into the bundle and share a few of our favorites from it here!

Three Questions to: RetroBrain R&D - Working on the Intersection between Gaming and Eldercare

The Hamburg-based company RetroBrain R&D is exploring the fascinating cross-section of an easy-to-use game console for the elder generation that has not come into touch with video games so often yet, while also functioning as a medical device that increases their physical and mental fitness.

Games Influencers From Hamburg You Should Know In 2022 - Influencer Guide Pt. 1

Influencers can be an enormous help for developers and gaming startups. With their help, you can put your game on the map and reach an even wider audience. But first, one must get to know the local influencer landscape so let’s have a look at five of the most successful games influencers from Hamburg.

New Feature: The Company Index

We've got a new feature on our website: The company index, listing over 200 companies from Hamburg's vast games industry landscape - check it out!

Pride and diversity: Links, tips and resources

Diversity has become a central topic for the games industry and information, attention and networking are important in this context. On the occasion of Pride Month, we collect events, resources and organizations that can be interesting for LGBTQ+ game developers, employers or allies to start digging deeper into the topic.

Games Lift: Good for you?

If things go well here, we like to keep them going. That is certainly the plan with our Games Lift Incubator. After two successful runs, preparations for the third are well underway. We are still open for teams with a strong vision and ambitious goals. But there’s only a few days left.

Three Questions to: Explorlings - makers of the child-friendly game "Sheeplings"

The Hamburg-based studio Explorlings has a special mission: developing apps for a responsible and gentle introduction of children to the world of digital devices. Lately, they released their first game "Sheeplings" - we took the opportunity to ask Bernhard Mies, CEO and founder of Explorlings a few questions.

Celebrating Pride Month

Gamecity Hamburg celebrates Pride Month June with positive examples of LGBTQ+ related games, a new Gamecity Impulse talk and more.

Games Lift Incubator - The Alumni's Experiences

The Games Lift Incubator is going into the third edition in 2022 already, so we took the opportunity to ask three alumni of the past two years about their experience with the program. These are three very different projects so we were especially curious about their impressions. You can currently apply to the 2022 edition of the Games Lift Incubator until June 14. We hope these reports on the Incubator will help you with your decision to apply.   

Prototype Funding 2022: 398,000 euros for six projects from Hamburg

In the 2022 funding round of the Gamecity Hamburg Prototype Funding program the awarding committee decided to fund six prototypes for digital games by Hamburg-based devs and studios with a total of 398,000 euros. Congratulations to all recipients - we are already excited to see all projects grow and take up speed!

More News
Cookies are used to make this website work and to enhance your experience.

To learn more about the types of cookies this website uses, see our Cookie Policy. You can decide for yourself which categories you want to allow. Please note that based on your settings, not all functions of the website may be available.

Cookies are used to make this website work and to enhance your experience.

To learn more about the types of cookies this website uses, see our Cookie Policy. You can decide for yourself which categories you want to allow. Please note that based on your settings, not all functions of the website may be available.

Your cookie preferences have been saved.