gamescom 2022: Gamecity Hamburg presents six indie games at the Indie Arena Booth
From August 24 to 28, the gamescom, Europe’s largest trade fair for video games, will once again open its doors in Cologne. The location initiative Gamecity Hamburg will be participating with a booth at the Indie Arena Booth in Hall 10.2. Here, six indie studios from Hamburg will present their games to gamescom visitors, publishers and the press. Numerous other companies from Hamburg will also exhibit at gamescom, which brings together the international games industry in person again, for the first time in two years.
“With over 180 studios, publishers and games companies, Hamburg is a hotspot for games development in Europe. Hamburg’s games companies employ 2,500 people and the industry is on a growth trajectory: we currently count more than 200 vacancies at the city’s games companies. We’re excited to see that Hamburg companies can again present themselves at gamescom 2022. They show that Hamburg not only offers future-proof jobs, top-class career prospects, unique networking, but also that high-quality games are created here by big industry players as well as by numerous indie studios,” says Dennis Schoubye, Head of Gamecity Hamburg.
Gamecity Hamburg is representing the Hanseatic city with a booth at the Indie Arena Booth in Hall 10.2. Through the support program “Road to gamescom 2022”, Gamecity Hamburg enables six indie studios to show their games at Europe’s largest trade fair for video games free of charge. This way, the studios can establish important contacts with publishers, future partners, media and influencers, as well as present their game projects to gamers, receive valuable feedback and inspire future fans.
These six games and companies will be presented by Gamecity Hamburg at the Indie Arena Booth:
- Tiny Roar with “XEL“: In the newly released sci-fi adventure game, players help protagonist Reid uncover her mysterious past.
- games with “Heart of Muriet“: The real-time strategy game transports players to the fabled land of Muriet, where they fight epic battles in a voxel graphics style.
- Beardshaker Games with “Soulitaire”: Soulitaire reinterprets the classic card game solitaire with a mysterious, dark background story.
- THREAKS with “Project MORPH“: In this action RPG, players must save the galaxy by transforming into the monsters they fight, unlocking special abilities.
- Octofox Games with “Wild Woods“: In this couch co-op game, one to four players take on the role of brave cats who have to cross a dangerous forest with their wooden cart.
- OneManOnMars with “Leif’s Adventure: Netherworld Hero“: In this co-op adventure game, the title character Leif not only searches for a way back to his village, but also for his place in life.
Beardshaker Games, THREAKS and Octofox Games were grantees of the Gamecity Hamburg Prototype Funding program in 2020. OneManOnMars successfully participated in Gamecity Hamburg’s Games Lift Incubator in 2020 with the project “Leif’s Adventure”.
Companies from Hamburg present themselves at gamescom 2022
Further companies from Hamburg’s games industry will also attend gamescom 2022 to publicly present new games or to use the opportunity to initiate new business partnerships.
Indie publisher and development studio Daedalic Entertainment will present several new titles in the B2C area, including their highly polished action adventure game “The Lord of the Rings: Gollum” announced for September. Mooneye Studios, also active as a publisher and developer, will showcase new demos of the not-yet-released games “Farewell North” and “Shumi Come Home”. The Hamburg-based internet broadcaster Rocket Beans TV will also cover gamescom 2022 with numerous live broadcasts from its booth.
In the B2B area, which is only open to trade visitors, InnoGames (Germany’s second-largest employer in the games sector), Goodgame Studios, Deep Silver FISHLABS, Tivola Games, Bytro Labs, and Daedalic Entertainment will be among the exhibitors.
Gamecity Hamburg: Targeted support programs for Hamburg’s games industry
In addition to programs like “Road to gamescom 2022”, Gamecity Hamburg, funded by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, supports the regional games industry with more tailored support programs: The Games Lift Incubator, supports up-and-coming game developers and start-up founders through an intensive coaching and mentoring program with international industry experts as well as funding. Furthermore, Gamecity Hamburg supports the development of game prototypes in Hamburg with up to 120,000 euros per project through its Prototype Funding program.
BGAMING DONATES $5,000 TO UKRAINE CHARITY FOLLOWING ICE LONDON PLEDGE
iGaming content provider BGaming has donated $5,000 to UNITED24, a charity raising money for medical aid and critical needs in Ukraine.
At this year’s ICE London, the fast-growing firm gave visitors the chance to receive merchandise featuring designs by renowned London artist Thumbs.
As an alternative they pledged to give $50 to the charity instead, which more than 70 generous partners opted to take up.
After boosting the final amount, BGaming has now pledged to continue its fundraising drive at IGB Live! Amsterdam, SBC Barcelona, and SiGMA Malta later this year as part of a commitment to ‘create positive change’.
UNITED24 was set up by the Ukrainian government to provide a secure platform for donors to raise funds for medical aid, defence and demining and rebuilding Ukraine.
Currently, they are running two medical aid projects which seek to raise money for more urgently needed ambulances in the war-torn country.
At the time of writing, it is estimated more than 8,000 civilians have been killed in the conflict, while more than 13,300 are believed to have been injured.
Catherine Puteiko, CMO of BGaming, said: “Small acts of kindness can have a big impact on the world, from caring for others to creating positive change. BGaming’s recent charity initiative at the ICE London exhibition was a shining example of this ethos.
“Our partners had the option to donate to a worthy cause or receive our branded merchandise, and we’re thrilled to share that this simple initiative raised 5000 dollars for victims of war in Ukraine. Let’s continue to think big and act small to make a positive impact on the lives of others!”
PRESS STATEMENT OF PAGCOR REGARDING OFFSHORE GAMING OPERATIONS
Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sherwin Gatchalian presented the chairman’s report which cited that the risks of allowing the continuous operations of offshore gaming operations outweigh their benefits to the country. Citing R.A. No. 11590, he further states that offshore gaming should be shutdown, now that there is no third-party auditor monitoring their income.
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) would like to reiterate its firm commitment to uphold the integrity of the gaming industry in the Philippines, including offshore gaming.
After determination of Global ComRCI’s default in its obligations and commission of unlawful acts under R.A. No. 9184, a Notice of Decision to Terminate the Consultancy Contract was served to third-party auditor Global ComRCI on March 9, 2023, effective upon thirty (30) days from receipt thereof.
PAGCOR is now in the process of engaging a capable and reputable third-party auditor who can independently and accurately conduct verification of the offshore gaming licensees’ gross gaming revenues.
Further, PAGCOR reassures the public that to maintain the integrity of regulated gaming in the country, the state-run firm will not hesitate to impose appropriate sanctions or penalties to erring licensees or service providers. We will ensure that all revenues from regulated gaming will continue to support the government’s nation-building efforts and uplift the lives of Filipinos.
OnAir Entertainment™: Flexibility of more providers vs. Exclusivity with a single provider
OnAir Entertainment™️, the go-to live casino games provider, has added their voice to the increasing industry concern regarding the negative impact of exclusivity deals within the live casino space.
There has been a growing discussion around the impact of exclusivity deals on operators and platforms, with OnAir Entertainment™ believing that one supplier setups create several limitations for operators. Limitations arising from exclusivity push players to find additional options from more diversified live casino offerings. It’s known that players prefer websites with more content choice, allowing them to search for the games they want to play – player freedom is vital to maximizing cross-sell and therefore increasing platform revenue.
Do exclusivity agreements truly fulfil the promises and needs of the industry? Markets need to change rapidly, adapting to new and more restrictions on operators, which requires sufficient flexibility and creativity. Can an agreement set in stone, determined by a single supplier and based on a rigid commercial model, be flexible to a regulatory landscape that is constantly shifting and help operators to be competitive?
Given the global nature of the biggest operators, multi-supplier deals also mean that they can test out different games across markets and not be forced to stick with one product globally. Less exclusive deals allow operators to be much more agile when operating internationally, as localization needs must not be ignored. A key part of OnAir Entertainment’s™ product offering is the ability to input customizable elements within their digitally branded and localised environments so that operators can reinforce and scale their brand together with OnAir Entertainment’s™ tech. While also using reasonable commercial terms so our operators can test audience response in branded environments with low risk before committing to more sizeable projects.
There is no doubt that the variety of live casino suppliers continues to grow, causing increased industry competition and that this competition pushes continued innovation within the iGaming industry. It is this belief in constant innovation that is at the core of all OnAir Entertainment’s™ operations. By continuously developing improvements in UI design, 3D animations, allowing for localization and the incorporation of brandable elements – OnAir Entertainment™ hopes to increase user engagement and player experience.
Seval Alev Kaya, Director of Business Development at OnAir Entertainment™, said “Innovation is at the heart of our operations, and our main priority is to provide maximum flexibility for our clients. Operator differentiation is directly linked to content diversity and harmony. We see that many operators are trying to widen their audience by adding more casino vendors, especially in live casino space in order to reduce the need for a single vendor that comes with unfavourable terms, high costs, and limitations. We are the alternative solution with a service-minded approach, invested in our client’s growth.”
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