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

Prototype Funding: Application phase starts now!

Apply now for the second round of Prototype Funding 2021: Up to 80.000 euros per project for the development of prototypes for digital games. The application phase runs from August 30 to October 18, 2021. Workshop on how to apply on September 08!

Developers, founders, teams, start-ups and SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) from Hamburg are called to apply for funding of their games projects. Up to 80% of project costs for the development of prototypes for digital games can be covered by the funding, which is awarded as a non-repayable grant of up to 80,000 euros per project.

Applications can be handed in from August 30, 2021 via our online form. Applications are open until October 18, 11:59 pm (CEST).

Application Workshop: On September 08, 4 pm (CEST), Dennis Schoubye, project lead at Gamecity Hamburg, will host a workshop titled "Prototype Funding Insights: Dos and Don'ts for your application", giving applicants advice on how to craft a successful application for the Prototype Funding. You can register for the workshop here (via Eventbrite). 

Please note: All applicants must take a consultation appointment with the Gamecity Hamburg team before submitting their applications. You should take your consultation appointment at least two weeks before handing in your application (so at the latest on October 4). Participation in the application workshop does not substitute a personal consultation appointment. Please read the FAQ, funding guidelines and the application info sheet beforehand.

More about the application process and what to prepare before making a consultation appointment

For the first time, 2021 will see two rounds of Prototype Funding. Since 2020, each year a total of up to 400.000 euros are awarded to developers from Hamburg through the Prototype Funding program. So far, thirteen promising projects have received over 682,000 euros since the introduction of the program last year. 

All information about the Prototype Funding and how to apply can be found here on our website.

News

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!

Games Lift Insights with Cassia Curran on May 24

Join our Games Lift Team and Cassia Curran, Founder and Strategic Advisor at Curran Games Agency, for insights into our Games Lift Incubator program and a workshop about games market analysis for indies on May 24 at 4:30 pm. The event will be held online and in English.

Apply now for Games Lift 2022

From May 9 to June 14, you can apply for our Games Lift Incubator 2022! Take the chance to bring your game ideas and concepts for digital games to the next level!

Successful premiere of Pitch Level Up

At our first new event format "Pitch Level Up" more than 80 participants got some valuable insights and tips from our industry experts on pitching and on optimizing their pitch decks in talks and 1:1 feedback sessions at the Hamburger Ding.

Three Questions to: Unechte Sachen

Unechte Sachen are a young team that met while studying in Darmstadt. Now they are in Hamburg working hard on their VR project "Puppet Play", in which you can create your own little movies and let your imagination run wild. We had the opportunity to do a quick three-question interview with Lukas Hort of Unechte Sachen.

Hamburg-based applike group receives 100 million euros investment

The Hamburg-based company-builder applike receives a major investment from shareholder Bertelsmann. Applike focusses on the mobile app value chain and is, among others, the parent company of the hyper casual studio Sunday.

Road to gamescom 2022: Apply until May 17!

For this year's hybrid gamescom, Gamecity Hamburg once again starts its Road to gamescom program: We offer up to 6 physical and online booth packages at the Indie Arena Booth at gamescom for Hamburg-based studios, publishers, teams, and devs. Apply until May 17!

Bring your Pitch to the Next Level!

Pitching is an integral part of game development - whether you're looking for a publisher, funding or other support for your project! This is why we're launching our new event, the "Pitch Level Up", to help you make the best of your pitch. Join us on May 3 to get expert feedback on your deck and learn more about the art of pitching.

Deep Silver FISHLABS win "Best German Game" Award

The Best German Game comes from Hamburg: Congratulations to Deep Silver FISHLABS for winning the Deutscher Computerspielpreis (German Video Game Award) in the category "Best German Game" for their dark space-shooter "CHORUS" released in December 2021.

Recap: Portfolio Slam #4: Game Art

What an evening! On March 29, three up-and-coming Game Artists presented their portfolios on stage at the Portoflio Slam #4: Game Art. Read our short recap of the event and see a few photos here.

Three Questions to: Octofox Games

The team of Octofox Games consists of five former students of the Games Master at HAW Hamburg who have been working together for a couple of years already. They were among the first teams to receive 80,000 euros through the Prototype Funding Program and have since worked on a prototype for their couch-coop game "Wild Woods". We asked them about their experience.

Hamburg's games industry offers 3-week school internship

On the initiative of the industry association game Hamburg, three games companies are offering a comprehensive three-week internship program for 20 9th grade students at Hamburg schools at the end of June. Applications are possible until April 29!

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