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gamescom 2021: Meet indie gems by Hamburg-based devs – presented by Gamecity Hamburg

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Gamecity Hamburg will present five companies and solo developers from Hamburg at the digital gamescom 2021 from August 25 to 29. The developers will show their new games at the joint Hamburg booth on the online platform Indie Arena Booth. gamescom is one of the most important events of the international games industry. In 2020, more than 2 million visitors attended the digital gamescom. The Indie Arena Booth Online will be accessible from August 25, 10 pm (CEST) at online.indiearenabooth.com and can be visited free of charge.

 

Hamburg presents itself as a games industry on the playable online platform Indie Arena Booth Online, which again invites visitors to discover numerous indie games at gamescom 2021 – free of charge and directly in their web browser. In addition to the Gamecity Hamburg location initiative, the Hamburg-based games companies Tiny Roar, Mooneye Studios, OneManOnMars, Klickaffen, and Radioactive Dreams will also be presenting their projects. Gamecity Hamburg enables the five studios to participate free of charge through the program “Road to gamescom 2021” to expand their networks, present their game projects to the media, influencers, and gamers, and win over future fans for their games.

Indie Arena Booth Online: A showcase for indies from around the world – innovation made in Hamburg

The Indie Arena Booth Online showcases the diversity of the indie game scene: visitors can explore the platform in their browser as avatars and discover a curated lineup of more than 120 games by independent developers from around the world at virtual booths.

The Indie Arena Booth is planned and produced by the Hamburg-based Super Crowd Entertainment, an event agency specialized in the games industry. In 2020, Super Crowd transformed the concept into a playable online platform within a few weeks – so that indie developers can present themselves to an international audience even in pandemic times. In May, Super Crowd was awarded a special prize for this at the German Computer Game Prize (Deutscher Computerspielpreis), awarded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport. For 2021, the Indie Arena Booth Online offers new features and sports a new look under the narrative theme “Summercamp of Doom”.

 

The five Hamburg indies at the Gamecity-Booth 2021

Tiny Roar: world-premiere for previously unannounced project „XEL”

Founded in 2015 in Hamburg, Tiny Roar will give the first glimpses of their sci-fi action-adventure XEL at gamescom 2021. XEL is currently being developed with the support of German federal games funding and publisher Assemble Entertainment. The official announcement of the game is planned for August 24, and on August 25 Tiny Roar will be featured with their game in the Gamevasion streaming program at gamescom.

 

Mooneye Indies present their first publishing project: „Haven Park”

Following the success of its own indie adventure game Lost Ember, Hamburg-based studio Mooneye now uses its marketing know-how to help other developers reach the right audience for their games under Mooneye’s new publishing label “Mooneye Indies”. Their first publishing project Haven Park takes the player to a lovingly animated nature and camping park. It was developed by solo dev Fabien Weibel and was released on August 5.

 

OneManOnMars shows “Leif’s Adventure: Netherworld Hero”

OneManOnMars is the company of experienced game developer Roman Fuhrer, who is currently developing the hand-drawn 2D adventure “Leif’s Adventure” as a solo dev. He went through Gamecity Hamburg’s Games Lift Incubator program with the project in 2020 and is preparing to release the game in early 2022.

 

Radioactive Dreams: first playable demo of 2D-Platformer „Turbo Shell”

In 2020, three experienced game developers from Hamburg joined forces under the name Radioactive Dreams to develop a 2D platform game with novel game mechanics. The team received prototype funding through Gamecity Hamburg for their game Turbo Shell 2020. At gamescom 2021, they will show a playable demo of their project for the first time.

 

Klickaffen Studio: „Unbuild”

For 10 years already, freelance motion & interactive designer Matthias Mach has been producing games under the name Klickaffen for the “most personal gaming device ever”, as he calls his favorite platform – the smartphone. At the gamescom, he presents his work to an international industry event audience for the first time and shows his mobile casual game “Unbuild”.

 

Gamecity Hamburg: Tailored support for the Hamburg games industry

Gamecity Hamburg is the publicly financed location initiative to support the games industry in the northern-German City State of Hamburg. In addition to programs such as “Road to gamescom 2021” that aims to represent Hamburg and the companies based in Hamburg at international industry events, Gamecity Hamburg supports the regional industry with other tailored support programs:

Through the Games Lift Incubator, up-and-coming game developers and start-up founders from Hamburg receive intensive coaching and mentoring from international industry experts in addition to financial support. Gamecity Hamburg also supports the development of games prototypes in Hamburg through its Prototype Funding program. Each year, 400,000 euros are available for games prototypes from Hamburg, of which up to 80,000 euros can be applied per project. For the first time, there will be a second round of prototype funding in 2021. From August 30, developers, teams, and SMEs based in or relocating to Hamburg can apply for funding.

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World’s largest arcade platform offers retro gamers Epic deal – giving access to over 1300 Games

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The world’s largest library of retro games, Antstream Arcade, will be slashing the price of its annual premium subscription to just $19.99 as part of Epic’s Spring Mega Sale. Between Thursday 19th May to Thursday 16th June, this discount will be available on the Epic Games Store and across all other platforms, giving retro gamers around the world ad-free access to over 1300 games. 

This world leading library of games includes retro classics like Mortal Kombat, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Monkey Island and Earthworm Jim – all of which can be streamed from the cloud without the need for additional downloads or for microtransactions. 

Players from around the world will also be able to compete in Antstreams global tournaments, moving up the global leaderboards and engaging in game exclusive  “Challenge Modes” – modes that put new spins on old classics. Like Pac-Man Hide and Seek, or Mortal Kombat On The Ropes challenges. Players will also be able to enjoy Antstream’s new “Giant Slayer” feature – where players can challenge the global Antstream community to beat their high score in a game of their choice – bringing the joy of the classic Arcade to the modern gaming audience.

Steve Cottam, CEO at Antstream Arcade, said: “Our goal as a company is to bring some of the greatest games ever created to a global community through the medium of cloud gaming. Unlike other cloud gaming platforms that might have only 100 games, Antstream currently offers players over 1200 titles – with a price tag that sits well below our competition. And with this latest deal alongside Epic’s Spring Mega Sale, we are excited to make retro gaming more accessible than ever”.

Outside of the premium subscription option gamers are still able to access their favourite retro games on their computer, mobile, tablet or other devices through the free, ad-supported tier. Antstream Arcade features fully licensed and fully playable retro games from publishers including Disney, Warner Brothers, Taito, Atari and Bandai-Namco, as well as a huge range of smaller indie developers and IP owners from the arcade era and beyond. 

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Football Manager and Wordle Amongst 2022’s Top 10 Fastest-Growing Mobile Games, Study Reveals

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A new study from Mozillion has revealed the mobile phone apps which are the fastest growing in 2022 so far, as well as those which have decreased in popularity most since 2021. Researchers from the mobile phone marketplace analysed data for more than 500 of the most popular apps currently on the market, to reveal which have shot up (or down) in popularity with mobile phone users. The study also revealed the mobile gaming apps which have increased and decreased in popularity most over the past six months. 

The top 20 fastest growing mobile games in 2022  

Delivery game Deliver It 3D was the mobile game which has shot up the charts most, increasing by 997 positions in the App Store over the past six months. Hugely popular mobile games including Angry Bird, Football Manager, Wordle and HeadsUp! also featured in the top ten fastest growing mobile games in 2022 so far.

Rank Mobile Game Increase in App Store Chart Position (Oct ’21 – Apr ’22)
1 Deliver It 3D 997
2 Rovio Classics: Angry Bird 996
3 Football Manager 2022 Mobile 994
4 Fill The Fridge 991
5 Wordle 986
6 Heads Up! 983
7 Football Manager 2021 Mobile 983
8 Tall Man Run 973
9 Total War: MEDIEVAL II 971
10 Poppy Playtime Chapter 1 959
11 Arcadia – Arcade Watch Games 958
12 Super Goal – Soccer Sticman 955
13 Coffee Inc 2 953
14 Worms3 950
15 Labyrinth City 949
16 Convenience Stories 947
17 Fishdom 942
18 Coloring Match 940
19 Papa’s Cluckeria 939
20 Slay the Spire 938

The top 20 mobile games that have decreased in popularity most in 2022 

Once-popular games Traffic Cop 3D and Paper Fold were found to be amongst the apps that have seen the biggest decreases in popularity in 2022 so far, dropping between 996 and 999 spots on the App Store charts since 2021.  

Rank Mobile Game Decrease in App Store Chart Position (Oct ’21 – Apr ’22)
1 Traffic Cop 3D -999
2 Retro Bowl -998
3 Paper Fold -996
4 Moon Pioneer -994
5 Flex Run 3D -985
6 Candy Challenge 3D -983
7 Watersort Puzzle -978
8 Youtubers Life -977
9 MAD FUT 22 Draft & Pack -977
10 Shot Factor -976
11 Turn Left!! -975
12 Keyboard Art -972
13 Zen Match -966
14 Water Sort Puzzle -964
15 Stacky Dash -951
16 Call of Duty -950
17 Magic Tiles 3 -950
18 Stone Miner -946
19 The Cube -941
20 Survival Challenge 3D -939

The most consistent mobile games of 2022 

While some apps are only destined to spend a short time ruling the top positions of the App Store charts, others have remained consistent as we transitioned into the new year of 2022. Hugely popular mobile gaming app Minecraft remained in the top five of the charts over the six-month period, as did popular pizza game Papa’s Pizzeria.

Mobile Game Increase/Decrease in App Store Chart Position (Oct ’21 – Apr ’22) 
Minecraft  0 
Papa’s Pizzeria 0 

Founder at Mozillion, Len Leeson comments:    

“Apps are a huge part of everyday life for mobile phone owners in 2022. From tracking fitness and nutrition, mobile gaming or social networking with friends and family, checking the weather – or even finding your life partner! Apps are becoming more technologically advanced and user-friendly every year, allowing our mobile phones to help us become more efficient and connected in our day-to-day lives.  

Our research has shown that while some apps are just fleeting trends, others are very clearly here to stay and remain firm favourites amongst mobile phone users, year after year. 

There’s an amazing choice of apps that are out there now, and alongside the fun ones, some are increasingly important and useful. With this in mind, we recommend you look for at least 128GB or even 256GB of storage when buying a new phone, so that the capacity keeps pace with the (many) apps you may want to download.” 

To view the full list of the apps growing and decreasing in popularity in 2022, visit: https://www.mozillion.com/resources/the-mozillion-app-trends-report-2022/

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Flexion Launches King’s Choice on Alternative App Stores

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Flexion Mobile Plc has launched the hit game King’s Choice from top developer ONEMT on the alternative app stores.

ONEMT and Flexion signed an agreement for the distribution of King’s Choice on 21 March 2022. King’s Choice is now live on the Amazon App Store and Samsung Galaxy Store.

King’s Choice already earns US$3 million in monthly gross revenue on Google Play according to ONEMT. Flexion’s distribution services will add revenue and new players from the alternative app stores with little upfront cost or work being required of ONEMT. Flexion is adding an average of 10% to a game’s revenue by taking it to the alternative app stores.

“We’re delighted to have launched King’s Choice in record time and it is a pleasure working with ONEMT. We look forward to using our expertise, experience and technology to build the game’s revenue and audience,” Jens Lauritzson, CEO of Flexion Mobile, said.

ONEMT started its partnership with Flexion in 2018 when the developer chose Flexion to launch Rise of the Kings in the alternative app stores (Amazon App Store, Samsung Galaxy App Store and Huawei App Gallery). This past March ONEMT extended its Rise of the Kings distribution agreement with Flexion for two years.

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