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

Recap: The Game Playtest Night #2 was a blast – and will return

Let's look back at our Game Playtest Night #2 in June: We cooperated with the gaming and esport location Play Bay in order to offer participating indie developers an opportunity, to test their work in progress games with the help of motivated test gamers.

On the evening of June 13, it was time for a very “on hands” event. Gamecity Hamburg organized its second Game Playtest Night in close cooperation with PlayBay Hamburg: We invited Hamburg game developers to share games they are currently working on with us and an interested test audience. It was an exciting evening for everyone involved.

At Play Bay, an eSport Center right in Hamburg's city center, six developer teams met 60 gamers who curiously threw themselves into the games from various genres and gave the developers valuable feedback on playability, fun factor and many other decisive factors of the game.

A win-win situation for everyone involved: With the user feedback, the development teams were able to discuss testing procedures with each other and can use the results to improve their game before a demo or full game release. And the participating players enjoyed a whole evening in a relaxed atmosphere with snacks and drinks, received exclusive insights into games in their development process and were able to talk to the game developers to learn more about their projects.

The Games of the Game Playtest Night#2

  • Bee Welcome: Bee Welcome is the name of this hidden object game AND the name of your bee hotel. There are lots of bees in the meadow, but only one of them is a guest in your bee hotel! Can you find them among dozens of others and collect the cutest bees in your cozy little hotel?
  • Light of Atlantis: In Light of Atlantis, you take on the role of a small robot exploring the sunken ruins of Atlantis. The unique feature of their 2D puzzle Metroidvania game: The players control the water in many different ways and guide the protagonist through the underwater world to solve puzzles and uncover the secrets of the sunken city.
  • Escape Sector VR: In this atmospheric sci-fi VR game you solve tricky puzzles in order to escape aliens and uncover secrets.
  • Replicore: In the co-op shooter Replicore, you fight your way through destroyed desert temples on an alien planet in search of your digital salvation, with up to three other team members. A variety of equipment and the ability to throw your team members in the form of a small core to otherwise unreachable positions provide a special something in every match.
  • ODDADA: ODDADA is a musical building game in which landscapes come to life, machines become instruments and small buildings are your harmonious companions. Place cute little houses in all kinds of places to create melodies and be rewarded with your own little piece of music.
  • Monstersongs VR: In this VR game you explore an abandoned theatre that has been taken over by monsters who are hungry for love. Escape the monster lurking within yourself in this part rock musical part adventure game.
  • The Patient: The Patient is a horror escape game with puzzles in which you have to escape from a sadistic doctor in an asylum in the 1930s.

We were happy with the positive feedback from visitors and developers and are thankful for their participation and feedback. The need to regularly try out and test games is also unbroken from both groups, so it won't be the last Game Playtest Night. We look forward to the next one, see you soon!


School Internship Games 2024: Hands-on Video Game Development

During the Games internship, 17 Hamburg school students - 9 girls and 8 boys - were able to get a taste of real game developer life from June 24 to July 12. During the three-week internship, they gained insights into various Hamburg games companies and developed a game from their own ideas at the end.

Games Lift 2024: These are the five teams

For 2024, five great teams of Hamburg game developers impressed the awarding committee of the Games Lift Incubator with their exciting projects.

Gamecity Hamburg and Hamburg Game Studios at Gamescom 2024

Gamecity Hamburg brings five indie studios to the next gamescom 2024 from August 21 to 25. Find out more about the indie teams at gamescom 2024 and our "Road to Program".

Road to Polaris 2024 - Apply until August 25

The community convention Polaris takes place on October 11-13 with a three-day program including gaming, e-sports, anime and manga, cosplay, and content creation. Gamecity Hamburg provides free booth packages for Hamburg-based developers, teams, and studios. Applications are open until August 25!

Why LGBTQIA+ visibility in games is so important

Journalist Lea Irion came out about her sexuality thanks to a video game. Here she tells her own story and that of two LGBTQIA+ devs from Hamburg.

Third "Games Made in Germany" Steam Sale launches on June 20

The "Games Made in Germany" Steam sale by Games Germany will feature 250 great games made in Germany, starting on June 20 with a big showcase on the IGN Youtube-Channel and an exclusive vinyl with the best soundtracks from German games.

Goodbye Gamecity Hamburg Online Hub

The time has come for the Gamecity Hamburg Online Hub. We are closing the virtual home for Hamburg's games industry on our Gamecity Hamburg website. Join us for a trip back on memory lane.

Queer Games Bundle 2024 - Our top 5 Games

In the Queer Games Bundle you can find about 500 games, assets and more in support of LGBTQ+ games, creators and game devs. We picked some highlights for you.

Gamecity Hamburg & four Hamburg indie game studios and developers at Nordic Game 2024

Recap: Road to Nordic - Gamecity Hamburg at the Nordic Games Conference 2024

Let's look back at our Road to Nordic program: We attended the Nordic Game Conference 2024 in Malmö, with four Hamburg indie game developers and their game projects.

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.

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