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More initiatives of the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft

Games Lift 2022: These are the five teams

​​​​​​​Five teams have convinced the Games Lift awarding committee of the promising potential of their games projects with their pitch. They will start on September 12 with a three-month workshop and mentoring program with international industry experts, 15,000 euros in financial support and places in a Hamburg co-working space. Congratulation to all teams, and we are very much looking forward to seeing your projects evolve!

A total of 21 teams and solo developers applied for the third Games Lift Incubator. The decision on the five participating teams was made by the awarding committee, who had a very tough decision to make.

Mareike Ottrand on the awarding committee‘s decision: "This year, both the number and the quality of the applications received were particularly high. We are impressed by the passion and quality of the pitches. Hamburg has a large pool of up-and-coming games start-ups and graduates. In the incubator, the five selected teams can now show what they've got and continue to hone their games projects with the help of mentors."

The five projects and teams in the Games Lift Incubator 2022

  • About Cannons + Sparrows by ACAS
  • Babsi Bullet byTeam Marty
  • Evergreen Garden by Elin Meinecke
  • METACORE by Team Metacore
  • Stack'em up by Team Godcomplex

About Cannons + Sparrows by ACAS is a physics-based puzzle platformer with story-driven genre twists and an ever-evolving character in the form of a miniature cannon.

Babsi Bullet by Team Marty is a tap-and-shoot game designed for touchscreens, where players* move Babsi "half teenager, half pistol bullet" Bullet forward shooting as an insane projectile.

Evergreen Garden by Elin Meinecke is a charming farming simulation role-playing game with puzzle elements and a strong focus on nature-based gardening.

METACORE by Team Metacore is a co-op action first-person shooter for 1-4 players* with a focus on teamwork and synergy effects that can be created through an arsenal of unique weapons and gadgets.

Stack'em up by Team Godcomplex is a party game (online or local) where 2-6 players battle through crazy maps round by round, trying not to get swallowed up by their opponents in the chaos.

Find out more about the teams on our Games Lift page.

The incubator program is tailored to the individual needs of the developers with extensive workshops, mentoring, and coaching content. The schedule includes workshops and mentoring sessions on project management, marketing, establishing a business and, for the first time, a workshop on game art.

After three months of the program, the final public pitch in December 2022, in which the teams present their progress to a broad audience, will not conclude the program. For another 12 months, the teams will receive support through individual coaching sessions and a PR agency specializing in indie games.

These experts of the Games Lift Incubator are among others involved this year: André Bernhard (IndieAdvisor), Christiane Gehrke (FACTORY-C), Christopher Wulf (Business Development Consultant), Christopher Kellner (astragon entertainment), Daniel Marx (Osmotic Studios), Heather Chandler (Heather Makes Games), Irene Preuss (Happy Broccoli Games), Jörg Luibl (Spielvertiefung. de), Stephan Beier (Deep Silver Fishlabs), Steffen Rühl (Rühl Gameconsult).

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Gamecity Hamburg Prototype Funding 2024: Hamburg funds five prototypes of digital games

Gamecity Hamburg supports five game projects in the 2024 funding round as part of its Prototype Funding program. As early-stage funding for companies and start-ups based in Hamburg, the funding enables the development of prototypes of digital games with high market potential.

Job Spotlight: Bytro

Bytro is a well-established institution in the Hamburg games industry and the mobile and browser games market. Their first game, Supremacy 1914, will turn 15 years old in May of 2024. This is a rare milestone for any game, especially considering that this historic war strategy game might not exactly be a mainstream product. The key to running a successful company for a long time is, of course, the people. As Bytro is currently hiring, we spoke to Felix Schröter, the interim Lead for Analytics and Monetization. He has had many different opportunities at Bytro and gave us deeper insights into the company and their current job openings.

Games Lift: More Successful Than Ever

It’s high time to apply for this year’s Games Lift Incubator. The next round is already gearing up. Meanwhile, the program has proven its worth: It is developing success.

Games Lift 2024: Apply now from May 2 until June 10

Applications for Gamecity Hamburg's 2024 Games Lift are open from May 2 to June 10. Five teams will receive financial support in the form of 15,000 euros, a comprehensive workshop program and access to the Games Lift Network of international industry experts. In addition, the teams can benefit from 1,000 euros in coaching budget. After a three-month workshop phase, the teams will be further supported with individual mentoring and will travel together to an international industry event until August 2025.

Games Lift Alumni: Why you should go for the Incubator

The Games Lift Incubator is a unique program offering 15,000 euros of funding, 3 months of workshops to get your game concept market-ready and a year of mentoring. Five teams per year get the chance to bring their game concept to the next level with this suppport. But if you're still not convinced that applying would be a great idea, we think it's best to see what other indie devs have to say about their time in the program: 

(C) Photo by Sebastian Reuter/Getty Images for Marchsreiter Communications )

Hamburg studios score big at the German Computer Game Award 2024

Four Hamburg studios have brought home awards at the German Computer Game Award 2024. Congratulations!

Road to Nordic - Four Hamburg indies present their games

The Nordic Game Conference is one of the most important games conferences in Europe, with an expo area, developer showcase, and plenty of opportunities for meetings. Gamecity Hamburg brings four indie games from Hamburg to Malmö with the "Road to Nordic" program.

InnoHub: Hamburg-based developer InnoGames offers work spaces for rent

Game developer InnoGames offers work spaces for rent at their headquarter in Hamburg-Hammerbrook.

HAW Hamburg - A Place Where Indie Game Careers Are Born

Hamburg is home to a great number of vocational schools, private and public universities where people can learn all about games jobs and how to kickstart their career in the industry.

Tips and Resources for your Funding Applications

Are you planning to apply for our funding programs and need some information and tips? Here's a short guide for you.

Road to gamescom 2024 - Apply until April 28!

For this year's gamescom Gamecity Hamburg again runs the Road to gamescom program: We offer spots at our joint Gamecity Hamburg booth at the Indie Arena Booth for Hamburg-based studios, teams and devs. Apply now until April 28

Road to Nordic Game 2024

Gamecity Hamburg offers a Road to Nordic Game Conference program: We offer spots at our Gamecity Hamburg booth for Hamburg-based studios, teams and devs. Apply now until April 10!

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