More initiatives of the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft
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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Games Lift: Team Marty aim outside the box

The heroine may seem young and hot-headed, but there is an experienced team standing behind her: Babsi Bullet is an action-packed puzzle platformer for touchscreens. Team Marty are pouring their hearts into the game – and real craftsmanship.

Games Lift: Team ACAS get along with nuts and sledgehammers

Few games look as disarming from a distance: About Cannons & Sparrows is a metroidvania that starts with a small cannon hatching from an inconspicuous egg. The seasoned animation pros of Team ACAS may not have a finished game yet, but they do have a strong vision.

Three Questions to: Soapbox Interactive, working on "Rocket Science GONE WRONG"

Soapbox Interactive aim high: With support of the Gamecity Hamburg Prototype Funding, they have not only been working on a multiplayer first-person shooter with new game mechanics - they are even developing their very own game engine. Now, the team is celebrating its next funding success: They have been accepted into IFB Hamburg’s "InnoRampUp" program, aimed at particularly innovative start-ups from Hamburg.

From Prototype Funding to a Publishing Deal: Tiny Roar and Daedalic Entertainment partner up for Wanderful

A partnership forged in Hamburg: after receiving 80,000 € in prototype funding for their cozy worldbuilder (then called HEXAGONE) from Gamecity Hamburg, Tiny Roar just announced the game will now go by the name Wanderful and is being published by Daedalic Entertainment! An early build also premiered at the new Polaris convention on the last weekend of October. Here's all you need to know about this upcoming indie darling from Hamburg.

Games Lift: Elin Meinecke on sowing diversity

One person is behind farming sim RPG Evergreen Garden: Elin Meinecke is solely responsible for the art and game design of her project. She brings a degree in illustration to her work in the incubator – and inspiration from her garden.

Recap: Road to Polaris 2022

The Polaris Convention, Hamburg's new community convention centered around gaming, e-sports, and Asian pop-culture, attracted around 10,000 visitors to the Hamburg exhibition halls for its first edition from October 28 to 30. Gamecity Hamburg participated with a joint booth, where we featured five indie developers from Hamburg though our Road to Polaris program, presenting their game projects to a broad audience.

Three Questions to: rose-engine - Makers of the Sci-Fi Horror Hit SIGNALIS

Yuri Stern and Barbara Wittmann have been creating games together for 8 years now, on October 27 their Hamburg-based studio rose-engine is releasing their latest game SIGNALIS. Published by Humble Games, this dark Sci-Fi horror game with its retro optic has already stirred up quite a buzz in the international gaming press. We took this opportunity to ask them about collaborating for so many years and how the match with their publisher came to be.

Games Lift: Team Metacore is up for a challenge

Their hands are full. Their goals are big. But that is no reason to fret for Team Metacore. During our conversation, finding good answers comes to them as easily as sharing a laugh. The mood might make it into their project.

Games Lift: People make the Incubator

The Games Lift Incubator can only exist because many experts support it, teach and coach in it, and keep networking in it. Over 35 veterans from all areas of the games industry are with us. We have asked them why they are doing it and what keeps them coming back.

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