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The organizers of the German Video Game Awards, the Federal Government represented by the Federal Government Commissioner for Digital Affairs and the Federal Ministry of Transport und Digital Infrastructure as well as the German Games Industry Association have signed a new agreement on the German Video Game Awards which contains numerous innovations as of 2020 to the most important German awards for computer and video games.

Thus, for instance, some changes have been made regarding the prize categories: New categories such as “Best studio”, “Player of the year” and “Best expert game” have been introduced. The categories “Young talent award (concept)” and “Young talent award (prototype)” have been changed to “Best debut” and “Best prototype”. The scope of other categories has been expanded, for example to “Best innovation and technology”. The 15 revised categories are to give even more recognition to the best games developed in Germany, to place a stronger focus on the developers and to involve the gaming community.

Changes will be made to the awards ceremony itself, too, in order to better highlight the achievements of the prize-winners and their games.

A total of 590,000 worth of prize money is awarded for the German Video Game Awards.

The previous agreement on the German Video Game Awards expired on 31 October 2019. The next awards ceremony for the German Video Game Awards will take place in Munich on 27 April 2020.

Dorothee Bär, Federal Government Commissioner for Digital Affairs, said:

I am delighted that, with the active support of our colleagues from the German Bundestag, we have succeeded in strengthening Germany as a location for the games industry. This is a good day for our country as a nation of innovation.

Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, said:

Now that the 250 million funding for games has been secured, we have today also been able to sign the agreement on the German Video Game Awards with the German Games Industry Association. As part of the settlement session, the German Bundestag recently made additional funds available for the German Video Game Awards. The available sum of 1.4 million euros will enable us to assume full responsibility for the prize money as of 2020. Together, we will evolve the concept of the German Video Game Awards so that it contributes towards integrating the entire sector even more strongly into industry and society.

Felix Falk, Managing Director of the German Games Industry Association, said:

The new agreement is a great leap forward for the German Video Game Awards. We have modified numerous prize categories or created new categories which thus even better reflect the great diversity and high quality of games developed in Germany. Regarding the awards ceremony, too, we have set ourselves clear joint objectives in order to showcase the brilliant developers together with their games at the German Video Game Awards ceremony. With all of these innovations, the German Video Game Awards face a promising future.

An overview of the prize categories:
1. Best German Game
2. Best Family Game
3. Young talent awards: Best Debut and Best Prototype
4. Best Innovation and Technology
5. Best Game World and Aesthetics
6. Best Game Design
7. Best Serious Game
8. Best Mobile Game
9. Best Expert Game
10. Best International Game (no cash prize awarded)
11. Best International Multiplayer Game (no cash prize awarded)
12. Player of the Year (no cash prize awarded)
13. Best Studio
14. Special Award of the Jury (no cash prize awarded)
15. Audience Award (no cash prize awarded)
You will find the full text of the agreement on the German Video Game Awards (German only) at https://deutscher-computerspielpreis.de/vereinbarung

About the German Video Game Awards
The German Video Game Awards are the most important awards in the German games industry and have been awarded since 2009. With the German Video Game Awards the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the Minister of State for Digital Affairs, together with the German Games Industry Association, awards prizes to the best computer and video games “made in Germany”. In doing so, they are supported by the Digital Gaming Culture Foundation. High-level expert and main juries select the best games using criteria such as quality, innovative content, entertainment value as well as cultural and pedagogical aspects. Further information can be found at www.deutscher-computerspielpreis.de.

Contact

Martin Puppe
game – Verband der deutschen Games-Branche e.V.
Phone: +49 30 2408779-20
Email: martin.puppe@game.de
www.game.de

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure)
Invalidenstrasse 44
10115 Berlin
Phone +49 30 183007200
Email: neuigkeitenzimmer@bmvi.bund.de
www.bmvi.de

Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor and Federal Government Coordinator for Digital Affairs
Bundeskanzleramt (Federal Chancellery)
Willy-Brandt-Straße 1
11012 Berlin
Phone +49 30 184002091
Email: Dorothee.baer@bk.bund.de