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game – the German Games Industry Association congratulates all winners of the German Computer Game Awards 2023

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The German Computer Game Awards were presented before a live audience for the first time since 2019. Around 600 guests from the game industry and the cultural, social and political spheres accepted the invitation to celebrate the best German computer and video games, as well as their makers, in Berlin.

The attendees were joined by hundreds of thousands of additional viewers who followed the event via live stream. A total of 800,000 euros in prize money was given out. ‘Chained Echoes’ from Matthias Linda and Deck13 Spotlight was honoured as Best German Game. The award for Studio of the Year went to Paintbucket Games of Berlin. The studio, founded in 2018, has in a period of just a few years made a name for itself with games that take up, and inspire players to reflect on, socially relevant topics through compelling experiences.

Examples include the games ‘Through the Darkest of Times’ and ‘Beholder 3’, the latter of which won in the category Best Serious Game this year. The award in the unendowed category Best International Game went to ‘God of War Ragnarök’ from Santa Monica Studio and Sony Interactive Entertainment. The jury and the community chose Pia Scholz, aka Shurjoka, as Player of the Year. Via live stream, she discusses with her fans not only games but also a broad range of current issues – from diversity to the problems of right-wing radicalism and sexism to mental health and her career as an influencer. With the German Computer Game Awards, the year’s best German-produced computer and video games are honoured by the federal government, represented by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), jointly with game – the German Games Industry Association.

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‘Congratulations to all winners of the German Computer Game Awards! Finally, we were able to present these awards before a large audience again. This year in particular, the creative minds behind the games more than deserve this large stage, because the nominated games were all created under the difficult conditions of the coronavirus pandemic. And despite these challenges, this period gave rise to outstanding games that have attracted a great deal of attention both in Germany and abroad,’ says Felix Falk, Managing Director of game – the German Games Industry Association.

 

Overview of all winners

Best German Game (endowed with 100,000 euros for the winning game)

Chained Echoes (Matthias Linda / Deck13 Spotlight)

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The other two nominees each receive 30,000 euros:

Beholder 3 (Paintbucket Games / Alawar Entertainment)

SIGNALIS (rose-engine / Humble Games)

 

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Best Family Game (endowed with 40,000 euros)

Die magische Bretterbudenburg (Meander Books)

 

Newcomer Award – Best Debut (endowed with 60,000 euros for the best debut)

SIGNALIS (rose-engine / Humble Games)

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The other two nominees each receive 25,000 euros:

Chained Echoes (Matthias Linda / Deck13 Spotlight)

Dome Keeper (Bippinbits / Raw Fury)

 

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Newcomer Award – Best Prototype (endowed with 50,000 euros for the best prototype)

Light of Atlantis (Alina Fasen, Luisa Höhne, Vincent Krenzke, Simone Mayer, Alexander Nham / HAW Hamburg)

 

The other four nominees each receive 25,000 euros:

A Sister’s Journey (Florian Lackner)

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Mail Tail (Robin Heisterkamp)

Ova Magica (Claudia Gorsky)

Thief of Smiles (Robert Brand, Lars Hinnerk Grevsmühl, Alina Hies, Felix Kosian, Marcel Zurawka)

 

Best Innovation and Technology (endowed with 40,000 euros)

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BEETHOVEN // OPUS 360 (agon e. V.)

 

Best Graphic Design (endowed with 40,000 euros)

ABRISS – Build to Destroy (Randwerk Games)

 

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Best Audio Design (endowed with 40,000 euros)

SIGNALIS (rose-engine / Humble Games)

 

Best Game Design (endowed with 40,000 euros)

Dome Keeper (Bippinbits / Raw Fury)

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Best Serious Game (endowed with 40,000 euros)

Beholder 3 (Paintbucket Games / Alawar Entertainment)

 

Best Mobile Game (endowed with 40,000 euros)

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Dungeons of Dreadrock (Christoph Minnameier)

 

Best Expert Game (endowed with 40,000 euros)

Touch Type Tale – Strategic Typing (Pumpernickel Studio / Epic Games)

 

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Best International Game (not endowed)

God of War Ragnarök (SIE Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

 

Player of the Year (not endowed)

Pia Scholz (aka Shurjoka)

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Studio of the Year (endowed with 50,000 euros)

Paintbucket Games (Berlin)

 

Special Jury Award (endowed with 10,000 euros)

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Amusnet Expands its Portfolio to Czech Republic with Tipsport

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Amusnet, a leading gaming provider, is expanding its reach in the Czech market through a brand-new partnership with Tipsport, one of the country’s top operators. This new launch represents a significant extension of a successful collaboration in Slovakia, where the company’s game portfolio has already gained popularity and has been available on the operator’s site since 2023.

“Collaborating with Tipsport extends our presence in Europe and emphasises our ongoing dedication to delivering exceptional player experiences worldwide. Joining forces with a recognised leader with a rich history demonstrates reaching a new level of excellence focused on continued growth and mutual prosperity”, shared Irina Rusimova, Chief Sales Officer at Amusnet.

The player base of Tipsport in CZ can enjoy plenty of new slots such as Shining Crown, Amazon’s Battle, Bulky Fruits, Great 27, Burning Hot, Supreme Hot, and Cocktail Rush, which have already proven to be highly acclaimed in the market, along with the chance of winning one of the four levels of the attractive Jackpot Cards Mystery Jackpot.

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Bulky Fruits is among the most popular video slot games of Amusnet in the Czech Republic. It offers a mixture of juicy wins in its traditional fruity variety of lucky symbols and lots of entertainment. Its high-quality graphics and epic sound effects complement the vivid gameplay, guaranteeing an engaging experience for all fruit slot lovers.

Cocktail Rush, one of the newer additions to Amusnet’s Online Casino portfolio, takes players on a getaway to a tropical island and a holiday to remember. This dream-come-true adventure is garnished with plenty of enjoyable cocktails and amazing prizes scattered across the game’s 5 reels and 10 fixed lines thanks to its beautiful graphics, enchanting music, and easy-to-operate user interface.

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Playtech Expands iPoker Network into the Czech Republic in Partnership with Fortuna Entertainment Group

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Playtech announced the expansion of its iPoker network into the Czech Republic, in partnership with Fortuna Entertainment Group (Fortuna), marking the first introduction of Playtech’s iPoker network in the Czech market.

This launch represents a significant milestone for both Playtech and Fortuna, as it introduces poker into the Fortuna Entertainment Group for the first time. Through Playtech’s iPoker network, Fortuna’s players in the Czech Republic will now have access to a diverse range of poker games, benefitting from a strong international liquidity pool of players from all around the world, plus a high-quality player experience and state-of-the-art poker product.

The iPoker network has experienced explosive growth over the past few years, and the addition of Fortuna will contribute to the continuation of this trend. The Czech Republic is a prominent hub for live poker tournaments in Europe, with prestigious events held year-round in cities like Prague and Rozvadov. By joining forces with Fortuna, Playtech aims to tap into the potential of this vibrant market, bringing an unmatched online poker experience to the Czech audience.

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Marat Koss, VP of Interactive Gaming at Playtech, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Fortuna to expand our iPoker network into the Czech market. Playtech is committed to providing a high-quality player experience through its cutting-edge poker product and continuous innovation and together with Fortuna’s continued success and significant growth trajectory as the leading betting and gaming operator in Central and Eastern Europe, this partnership will offer a modern, seamless, and engaging user experience for Fortuna’s players.”

Myke Foster, Group Head of Gaming & Commercial Strategy at Fortuna Entertainment Group, said: “Poker has a significant presence in the Czech market with an established player base and we are impressed by the quality of Playtech’s poker product. We see tremendous potential in this product and are confident it will deliver an exceptional and modern user experience to our customer base. We have had a very successful partnership with Playtech over the years and we look forward to watching this partnership continue to grow from strength to strength.”

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BF Games Enters Czech Market with Apollo Games

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BF Games, the dynamic game development studio, has entered a new market through a collaboration with Apollo Games, a major licensed online casino operator in the Czech Republic. The content deal provides Apollo Games customers with the supplier’s most engaging releases, including titles like Stunning Hot Remastered and Cave of Fortune, which are now available.

ApolloGames.cz has been entertaining Czech players since 2021 and is part of the globally known Apollo Game Group, which boasts more than 17 years of experience in online games as well as land-based operations. The commercial partnership is part of the supplier’s plans to expand across Europe and supply thrilling games to operator partners worldwide.

Rok Hribar, Head of Sales and Account Management at BF Games, said, “Our new partnership with Apollo Games is a huge milestone for us as we make a significant entrance into the growing Czech market.
“We look forward to providing some of our most popular games to Apollo Games player base and bringing our creative content to their screens.”

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Stanislav Jurecka, Casino Manager at Apollo Games, said, “We are watching the rapid development of BF Games’ offerings and are thrilled to sign this deal with the studio.”
“Adding BF Games’ slots to our online casino is a great win for us and our players, providing fantastic entertainment through a great mix of classic and innovative content. We look forward to introducing further games throughout the year and growing our successful partnership.”

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