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More initiatives of the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft

Indie Dev Insights #3: How to build a successful small indie team

In the third episode of our Indie Dev Insights video series, Daniel Marx, CEO at the Hamburg-based Osmotics Studio, gives first-hand insights about his experience with founding a studio and working in a small indie team.

Daniel Marx from Osmotic Studios

Most indie teams start off rather small, as a group of friends or colleagues with a great idea. But there are many roles to be filled during the game development process, which means every member of the team has to be prepared to take on different responsibilites and a variety of tasks. How can young teams handle this challenge? Or can this challenge even turn into an advantage?  

Daniel Marx, Chief Executive Officer at Hamburg-based indie developer Osmotic Studios offered us some insight on how their small team has been working since 2014 and during the development of multiple games. He talks about the challenges and opportunities teams like theirs encounter and why now is the best time to found a studio in Hamburg. Watch the interview here! 

A big thank you to Daniel for this insightful interview and to moodmacher+ who produced the video!

This is the third video of Gamecity Hamburg's new series "Indie Dev Insights" where we talk to indie devs and industry experts about topics that concern indies apart from strictly development topics - like marketing, sales, funding, publishing or in this case: organizing your team. You can find the first episode here, in which we covered the topic publishing - but from a publisher's perspective, with Jonas Hüsges from Daedalic Entertainment. In our second episode, Manny Hachey, COO of the indie studio THREAKS told us all about how to find the right publisher for your game.  

Also, we're already preparing the next episodes with more indie dev topics for 2022. So stay tuned and subscribe to our YouTube channel to not miss any new episode.

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Three Questions to: Dom Schott, Creator of the Podcast OK COOL

Dom Schott has been a part of the German games journalism scene for some time already, but the last few years brought big changes for him: he joined the team of The Pod on a regular basis, moved to Hamburg and started his own podcast: OK COOL. We took this opportunity to reverse the roles and ask him about his work for a change.

3 years of Games Lift: Getting better with age

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2022 in Review

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Three Questions to: Elbphilharmonie concert hall about their online escape game

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Bytro Labs tests 4-day week: Interview with founder Tobias Kringe

Hamburg-based studio Bytro Labs tests out a studio-wide 4-day work week from October to December this year. We talked to founder Tobias Kringe about this decision, how it affects way of working and what they hope to gain from it.

Federal Games Funding: Applications open again from January 1, 2023

Good news for the German games industry: as of January 1, developers and studios can submit applications for the federal funding for video games. The funding for 2023 amounts to 20 million euros, and it is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Goodgame Studios Reaches One Billion Euros in Sales with Empire Series

Congratulations to Goodgame Studios for reaching more than one billion euros in sales with their "Empire" series. The franchise includes four titles at this point and is played by over 220 million registered users, making it a great success for the Hamburg-based studio.

Hamburg Games Conference 2023: First Speakers announced

The Hamburg Games Conference returns on March 1 & 2, 2023 with the topic "Invest in Games". Now the first games industry experts are confirmed, who will share insights and best practices in talks, keynotes and panels around the main topic, as well as on dev, funding and start-up topics.

Games Lift Incubator: Grown together

The graduation pitch has marked the finale of Games Lift Incubator 2022. All five teams got to present what they achieved in the last three months. Not an easy task – but everyone came well-prepared. The setting was relaxed, the presentations strong.

Recap: Games Compass 2022

On November 23, InnoGames and Gamecity Hamburg invited decision makers from the games and digital industries of Hamburg and beyond to their jointly organized, exclusive networking event Games Compass.

Road to Hamburg Games Conference 2023: Apply until January 30

For this year's Hamburg Games Conference, Gamecity Hamburg once again opens its Road to program: We offer a number of physical showcasing spot packages for Hamburg-based studios, publishers, teams, and devs. Apply until January 30!

Hamburg Games Conference: Focusing on the topic “Invest in Games” on March 1-2, 2023

The Hamburg Games Conference will return as an on-site event in a new location in Hamburg. The conference theme "Invest in Games" will shed light on current and future developments in the international games industry.

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