This year's award categories are:
MOST CREATIVE GAME - will be given to the most creative project made by experienced indie developers, who have developed video games before. You can submit beta versions and finished projects in this category. Winners will receive 1000,-€. In case PLAY20 takes place physically, winners will be invited to Hamburg to visit the festival.
MOST INNOVATIVE NEWCOMER - honors the most creative and inventive newcomer production. Newcomers include students and inexperienced indie developers, who have not published a video game before. You can submit prototypes, alpha and beta versions. Winners will receive a one-year mentorship that aids them gain a foothold in the gaming industry. Additionally, they will be invited to Hamburg to visit PLAY20, if the festival takes place physically.
Indie game developers from all over Europe can submit their projects. Hardware games and media art are also strongly welcome.
After the open call deadline the PLAY – Creative Gaming Festival team will play and evaluate all submissions. Nominees will be announced and contacted mid September 2020 on the website and Social Media channels.
Two members of the nominated developer teams will be invited to the PLAY – Creative Gaming Festival (November 5-8, 2020). This includes festival tickets and travel expenses for the duration of the festival - only if the festival takes place physically! Moreover, the nominated games and media will be exhibited in the official PLAY20 exhibition. The awarding ceremony will take place on November 7th, 2020 at the PLAY – Creative Gaming festival (either online or offline).
Applications should be submitted before the deadline of 31 July 2020. For full details of the application process and previous winners see the PLAY20 Festival website.
PLAY20 – Creative Gaming Festival is an event produced by the Initiative Creative Gaming e. V. and jaf – Verein für medienpädagogische Praxis Hamburg e. V. in cooperation with spielbar.de, the platform of the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb on the Subject of Computer Games, Behörde für Schule und Berufsbildung Hamburg and JIZ – Jugendinformationszentrum Hamburg (BSB).
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