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Hamburg Prototype Funding 2021: € 252,000 for 6 games projects in first funding round

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Hamburg Prototype Funding 2021: € 252,000 for 6 games projects in first funding round
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The location initiative Gamecity Hamburg supports six promising games projects with a total of 252,000 euros. The non-repayable grant will enable the selected start-ups from Hamburg to develop prototypes in order to position themselves in the growing global games market. A total of 23 game developers and companies have applied with their projects for the 1st funding round 2021. The quality and number of applications shows the great potential of Hamburg as a games industry hotspot. The application phase for the second funding round 2021 will run from August 30 to October 18.

Dr. Carsten Brosda, Hamburg’s Minister of Culture and Media: “Hamburg is one of the leading games industry hubs in Europe. To maintain this position, the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg provides tailored support to the games industry, through the Prototype Funding program and other measures. It gives studios and developers who plan to start up, settle or open a branch in Hamburg the opportunity to develop and implement their ideas here and thus further strengthens Hamburg as a business location. The projects submitted this year were once again convincing through their multitude as well as their high quality and demonstrated the large potential of the games industry location Hamburg.”

“After we were able to launch the new Hamburg Prototype Funding and our Games Lift Incubator in 2020, this year already shows how well these two funding instruments work together. For example, Crumbling is the first game project to receive prototype funding that has previously successfully completed our incubation program. With the help of feedback from our mentors, the team has made a great leap forward and developed a convincing concept for the game and a marketing plan around an innovative virtual reality game mechanic,”, says Dennis Schoubye, Project Lead Gamecity Hamburg.

The application phase for the funding ran from March 29 to May 17. In an online pitch day, a pre-selection of the best project teams presented their ideas to the awarding committee.

The awarding committee, consisting of Hamburg games industry experts Nina Müller (Head of Publishing Goodgame Studios), Michael Schade (Co-Founder and CEO ROCKFISH Games), Valentina Birke (Project Manager Super Crowd Entertainment), Jens Unrau (Head of Department Media and Digital Economy of the Ministry of Culture and Media in Hamburg) and Dennis Schoubye (Project Lead Gamecity Hamburg) made the funding decision for the six projects.

In addition to a convincing presentation of the project and team, other criteria such as feasibility, promotion of young talent, location effect and market potential were factored in in the decision. A further prerequisite for funding from the Hamburg Prototype Funding is that the funded teams must be based in Hamburg or relocate to Hamburg if funding is approved, or open a branch office in the city.

 

The funded projects:

  • THE INVITATION by tool1  60,000 euros
  • ARC BREAK by SpiceVR  50,000 euros
  • Rocket Science GONE WRONG (working title) by James Rucks & Clemens Runge – 48,000 euros
  • Crumbling by Team Crumbling – 39,782 euros
  • The Hunt for Epic Treasure (working title) by Elecular – 35,200 euros
  • Fantasma Ville by Torito Games – 19,140 euros

 

For the first time, there will be a second round of prototype funding in the current year 2021. Further teams of developers will be able to apply for funding for their project prototypes from August 30.

Further information on the Hamburg Prototype Funding can be found at: https://www.gamecity-hamburg.de/funding/ 

The application phase for the Games Lift Incubator will start on June 21. In this second funding program under the umbrella of Gamecity Hamburg, teams are supported with up to 15,000 euros and a three-month coaching and mentoring program by experienced, international experts from the games industry. All information about the Games Lift Incubator is available at: https://www.gamecity-hamburg.de/incubator/

 

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Betsson Signs Deal with Masterpiece Gaming

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Betsson has signed a B2B supply deal with Masterpiece Gaming Limited, a subsidiary of German media group ProSiebenSat.1.

 As per this multi-year agreement, Betsson will provide its in-house developed sportsbook and technology (Techsson) as well as customer support, odds, risk management and its Payment Platform (PAAS) to Masterpiece Gaming.

This agreement is in line with Betsson’s long-term growth strategy and confirms the company’s status as a global, in-demand supplier of B2B sportsbook and platform solutions.

“This deal proves that we have a competitive sportsbook product that is attractive and in demand by the market. Adding Masterpiece Gaming to our list of B2B sportsbook solution partners confirms our ambition to be a strong supplier on the B2B sportsbook market as part of our growth strategy. We are proud that Masterpiece Gaming has chosen us as a supplier,” Pontus Lindwall, CEO of Betsson AB, said.

The agreement is based on a performance based product fee and will run for two years, with an option of renewal.

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EMP Expands Riot Games Partnership as New German National Partner for the LEC!

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As we gear up for a hot 2021 Summer Season of action at the League of Legends European Championship (LEC), we’re delighted to announce that apparel brand EMP will be joining us as a National Partner of the German LEC broadcast!

EMP is an officially licensed seller of League of Legends merchandise, creating stylish designs based on some of the most iconic characters to hit the Rift. You’ll be seeing EMP appear throughout the German LEC broadcasts, highlighting some of their incredible LoL merch designed to show off your love of the game and the champions within. We’re extremely excited that they’ve chosen to take their partnership even further and work with us at the LEC.

“We’re looking forward to expanding our collaboration with Riot Games, also in the area of sponsorship and events,” says Head of Social & Brand Media at EMP, Philipp Bensmann. “We hope for a fair and exciting season with many unique interactions within the European League of Legends community.”

“Our company differentiates itself through our exclusive merchandise products, including licensed League of Legends merch, and our close relationship with fans,” adds EMP’s Chief Digital Officer, Sascha Müller. “That’s why collaboration with an exclusive, professional and community-adjacent league such as the LEC is an important further strategic step for our gaming engagement.”

EMP are joining us for what is set to be an incredibly exciting season of action. MAD Lions are returning from an impressive Mid-Season Invitational run to prove that they’re not just a one-time winning team. Fnatic are making huge roster changes in an effort to regain their place at the top of the leaderboards. No matter who you’re rooting for, it’s sure to be an incredible season.

The LEC returns today, with EMP as a National Partner for Germany. Make sure to catch all the action on lolesports.com.

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GAMOMAT lands brace of titles at prestigious 2021 German Brand Awards

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GAMOMAT, one of the leading German iGaming development studios, came out on top in two categories at last Friday’s prestigious German Brand Award ceremony in Berlin.

In a highly competitive class, GAMOMAT walked away with titles in “Excellence in Brand Strategy and Creation – Brand Design – Corporate Brand” and “Excellence in Brand Strategy and Creation – Brand Communication – Web & Mobile”. Both awards came after an intensive process of examining the values and identity of the company.

Berlin-based agency, Less Rain, developed the corporate design of the GAMOMAT brand and the relaunch of the award-winning website. The colourful, playful and clear brand design flows throughout every element of the website. At the heart of GAMOMAT’s brand identity is the lavishly produced personalised podcast series which shines a light on the shared values and vibrant corporate culture.

“The two awards are fantastic recognition of our work, as the German Brand Award is one of the
most important for successful brand management in Germany,” says Sabine Müller, Chief Design Officer of Berlin-based GAMOMAT Development GmbH. “Winning awards is not the driving force behind undertaking a corporate rebrand, but being honoured at the German Brand Awards will encourage us to steadfastly continue our consistent brand management and effective brand communication with agency Less Rain.”

Taking to the podium twice on Friday was a proud moment for the innovative Berlin game developer and recognition for an extremely successful team project.

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