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

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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: 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: gamecity-hamburg.de

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 / Gamecity Hamburg is part of the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft mbH
    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

 

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Double Win For Kaizen Gaming at 2024 EGR Marketing & Innovation Awards

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Kaizen Gaming wins ‘Best Native App’ and ‘Responsible Gambling Marketing Campaign’

Kaizen Gaming, one of the world’s largest GameTech companies, has achieved another significant milestone, securing two prestigious wins at the EGR Marketing & Innovation Awards held in London earlier this month. Recognised for ‘Best Native App’ and ‘Responsible Gambling Marketing Campaign’, the double win reaffirms Kaizen Gaming’s steadfast commitment to delivering unparalleled, safe and secure betting experiences for its customers.

The ‘Best Native App’ award is given to the operator that has developed a market-leading native app over the past 12 months. The award highlights the remarkable success of Kaizen Gaming’s and its premium brand’s, Betano, highly engaging mobile-first strategy, resulting from a commitment to ever-improving game play, elevated experiences and a laser sharp focus on customer centricity.

Kaizen Gaming was also celebrated at the awards for its impactful promotion of responsible gambling. The campaign for Stoiximan, the sports betting and gaming brand Kaizen Gaming operates in Greece and Cyprus, featuring top Stoiximan Super League (Super League Greece)  footballers and the tagline “If you’re always in the game, then it’s not a game anymore,” garnered over one million views on YouTube and extensive media coverage, amplifying its significant success in raising awareness.

Pablo Puertas, Marketing Director of Kaizen Gaming, commented: “Winning twice at this year’s EGR Marketing and Innovation Awards is a fantastic recognition of the hard work and dedication of every single person at Kaizen Gaming. With an exciting summer of sports ahead and a growing number of fans embracing mobile-first entertainment, our team continues to set new standards in delivering the most trusted and exceptional sportsbook experiences available worldwide. Crucially, ensuring strict adherence to regulation and customer access to essential support and tools for responsible gambling will always be our top priority. Working with top sports stars in our awareness campaigns helps us to effectively communicate the importance of participating responsibly in betting activities.”

The EGR Marketing & Innovation Awards honour the most innovative and creative companies in the online gaming industry. Celebrating commercial success, game-changing innovation, exemplary customer service and marketing prowess, the awards highlight companies and individuals who have excelled in the last year.

Kaizen Gaming’s double win at this year’s awards builds on the company reaching new heights in the world of sport with it also becoming the first bookmaker to gain approved partner status for both UEFA EURO 2024™️, and CONMEBOL Copa America™️ 2024. The company also recently joined the English Premier League, with Betano becoming Aston Villa FC’s principal and front-of-shirt sponsor.

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Circusbet, a new bookmaker available in France

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This is the good surprise of this month of June 2024, CircusBet is a new bookmaker available in the French regulated market. Launched on June 5, CircusBet is now the 16th legal betting site in the country.

 

CircusBet is replacing BarrièreBet

Circusbet has obtained an ANJ (formerly ARJEL) license number, but it did not do this on his own. The bookmaker launched the website www.circusbet.fr in France using the existing license of BarrièreBet, another French betting platform, which had closed its doors on May 31st 2024. 

More and more bookmakers are using this method to enter highly regulated markets like France. We have already seen the cases of Vbet which shared its license number and Olybet which should arrive soon by taking over the license number of France Pari. We still don’t know at that stage what it will mean for former Barrière Bet players, if a welcome offer is ever available on CircusBet.

 

Circus already have some activities in France

Since 2018, Circus Casino France has operated the Briançon casino and recently strengthened its presence with the acquisition, on March 25, of the Vals-les-Bains casino in Ardèche. With this new acquisition, the group, owned by the Belgian company Gaming 1, now has six establishments in France. The group has great ambitions on the French market, particularly with its online betting site. Gaming1 is working with BetConstruct on this CircusBet project.

Gaming1 is most known for its flagship brand, Circus, which operates within the Belgian gambling and sports betting market. Gaming1 already has brands present in, on top of other regions in Europe such as Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland. 

 

CircusBet online platform

As for the betting site from CircusBet, the bookmaker has chosen a dedicated TLD French domain circusbet.fr. For more details on CircusBet in France, you can go to the website lebonparisportif.com, a bookmaker comparator in France, who published a review of CircusBet (in French).

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Endorphina Launches Brand-new Game Tools: E-drops and Tournaments

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The top casino software provider, Endorphina, has just announced the launch of its two intriguing promotional tools, E-drops, and Tournaments.

The company explained E-drops as tools that inject excitement into the players’ gaming experience, functioning through dynamic Prize Drop actions, where random cash prizes will be unpredictably distributed from a diverse prize pool.

Endorphina laid out a few key benefits of this new tool, including additional excitement for players, instant gratification through immediate rewards, player retention, differentiation, and the attraction of new players to the online gaming platform.

Furthermore, Endorphina describes the tournament tool as structured competitive events allowing players to display their competitive side and use it to their advantage to win attractive prizes. With tournaments, players will compete against each other to achieve the highest score by playing selected slot games at a set time.

According to Endorphina, this tool brings many benefits, including increased engagement, revenue, and retention rates, promotion of new games, enhanced customer loyalty, and a competitive edge over the competition. However, the provider disclosed that Tournaments and E-drops availability may vary depending on the applicable jurisdiction.

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