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

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.

The "Empire" series started in 2011 with the browser game "Goodgame Empire". Since then, the universe was expanded with three spin-offs for mobile devices. All four titles have pulled in millions of players over the years thanks to a consistent commitment to updates and high quality. 10 years after its original release, "Goodgame Empire" was fittingly awarded the title "Evergreen" at the German Developer Awards 2021. 

Now the series has reached a new milestone, bringing in a total of one billion euros in revenue. This makes Goodgame Studios the second game company based in Hamburg to reach such an impressive benchmark, InnoGames reported a total of one billion euros of lifetime revenue in 2019.

“We are very proud to have established an international brand 'Made in Germany' generating more than one billion euros in a highly competitive market. It is an outstanding achievement based on constant commitment, distinctive know-how and consistent innovation from all the teams. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all employees and colleagues at Goodgame Studios, without whose passion this success would not have been possible.”, Oleg Rößger, CEO of Goodgame Studios stated in a press release. 

Congrats to Goodgame Studios on this remarkable success, we're looking forward to whatever else the future holds for this long-running series!

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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: 

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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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