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

May 28, 2024

Hamburg, May 28, 2024: As part of its prototype funding, Gamecity Hamburg supports five games projects in the 2024 funding round with up to 80,000 euros non-repayable funds. As early-stage funding, the funding supports start-ups in Hamburg and helps companies to develop prototypes of digital games. The awarding committee sees high market potential for all the funded projects. Two of the five funding recipients previously completed Gamecity Hamburg's Games Lift Incubator. Game developers can apply for the Games Lift Incubator Program 2024 until June 10: https://gamecity-hamburg.de/incubator/.

Once again, the awarding committee acknowledged the high quality and diversity of the 29 projects submitted this year. Including this sixth funding round since 2020, the development of a total of 31 prototypes has been supported as part of Prototype Funding. The application phase for the next funding round will start in spring 2025. 

“The increased quality of the applications once again made the award committee's decision challenging. Experienced teams and studios in the process of being founded are working on promising games in Hamburg in equal measure. As part of our funding opportunities, we are very pleased to be able to support five teams that will enrich the diversity of teams and games from Hamburg,” comments Dennis Schoubye, Head of Gamecity Hamburg and member of the awarding committee.

The funded projects 2024

  • Chaos Royale by Monodot - € 80,000 
  • Map Map - A Game About Maps by Pipapo Games - € 80,000
  • The Regreening by Positive Impact Games - € 80,000
  • A Most Honorable Bunch by Osmotic Studios - € 72,000
  • Melodies by Behind the Stone - € 60,000

Chaos Royale by Monodot
Chaos Royale is a strategic PvP multiplayer game in which players take on hordes of monsters while using all their skills to disrupt and eliminate the competing players in their arenas. The goal is clear: be the last one standing. Monodot is a newly founded studio and successfully completed the Games Lift Incubator in 2023.

Map Map - A Game About Maps by Pipapo Games
Map Map is a cozy exploration game in a colorful 3D world with a unique cartography mechanic. Players explore wondrous landscapes with the goal of finding a legendary lost treasure. In the game, players not only use a map, but create it themselves, explore the island and fulfill tasks for their companions. Pipapo Games successfully completed the Games Lift Incubator in 2023.

The Regreening by Positive Impact Games
The Regreening is a cozy nature and restoration management game in which players befriend animals and folklore spirits and grow plants to restore the desolate earth. As the last human on the planet, players plant seeds to restore biomes, make friends with other creatures, and bring life back into the world.

A Most Honorable Bunch by Osmotic Studios
In this narrative deduction adventure, players take on the role of different characters who find themselves on an island with a big secret. The characters each have their agenda that they follow and investigate in their own way. The story unfolds gradually through the different characters and events, depending on the decisions made by the players.

Melodies by Behind the Stone

Melodies is a horror adventure game with side-scrolling mechanics in a 2D look, in which players experience three self-standing horror stories. Introduced by a gloomy organ grinder at a carnival, players gradually take on the roles of the protagonists of the three stories and experience creeping, nightmarish changes in their everyday lives. 

All detailed information on the teams and games can be found at:  https://gamecity-hamburg.de/funding/#Funded_Projects_2024

From March 7 to April 8, 29 developers, start-ups, and companies from Hamburg applied for Gamecity Hamburg's Prototype Funding. In 2024, Gamecity Hamburg introduced a diversity checklist when applying for Prototype Funding, with the answers to this checklist can optionally be used by the awarding committee in the evaluation process. 

The 2024 funding recipients were selected by an awarding committee consisting of Hamburg industry experts Nina Müller (VP Publishing & Development Services, Goodgame Studios), Jonas Hüsges (Publishing Director, Daedalic Entertainment), Valentina Birke (Director Indie Arena Booth / Super Crowd Entertainment), Jens Unrau (Head of the Media and Digital Economy Department at the Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media) and Dennis Schoubye (Head of Gamecity Hamburg).

All information on Prototype Funding in Hamburg: www.gamecity-hamburg.de/funding.

The next application phase for prototype funding will start in the spring of 2025. 

Further funding opportunities through Gamecity Hamburg

Each year, the Games Lift Incubator supports five teams, developers and start-ups in the development of digital games and projects. In addition to € 15,000 in start-up funding, the recipients receive a comprehensive coaching and mentoring program with international experts as well as workshops and subsequent individual support. Since 2024, the program has also included a visit to an international industry event.

 Teams and developers can currently apply for the Games Lift Incubator until June 10.

All information can be found at: www.gamecity-hamburg.de/incubator

For further information and questions please contact:

Anna Jäger

Gamecity Hamburg

PR Manager

T +49 – 40 – 23 72 435 78

anna.jaeger@gamecity-hamburg.de

About Gamecity Hamburg

Gamecity Hamburg supports, connects and makes the gaming hub Hamburg visible. The aim is to improve the general conditions for companies and founders of the games value chain in the city, to support them in their further development and to anchor Hamburg in the public perception as one of the leading games locations in Germany. Gamecity Hamburg is the contact point for Hamburg's games funding as well as the Games Lift Incubator and also offers programs, events, and services in close cooperation with the games industry to strengthen local developers. At the same time, the exchange of knowledge within the sector and with other industries is promoted. The promotion of young talent, the development of new formats that activate the strong network of games companies in the city, and internationalization are the focus of the location initiative's activities. Gamecity Hamburg is part of Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft.

About the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft  

Since its foundation in 2010, Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft has seen itself as a central contact point for all players in Hamburg's creative industries from the eleven sub-markets of architecture, visual arts, design, film, literature, music, press, radio, software/games, theatre/dance, and advertising. It supports creative professionals with contemporary services and promotes innovation within the framework of the "Cross-Innovation Hub" project. Since 2017 the industry-specific initiatives Gamecity Hamburg, nextMedia.Hamburg and Design Zentrum are part of the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft mbH.

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