The shortlist for the European Innovative Games Award 2012 (E.I.G.A.) is complete: Twelve titles from seven countries are nominated; three of them have the chance to win the prize in the category N – Innovative Newcomer, which is worth 10.000€. The winners will be announced in January 2013.

Frankfurt am Main, December 6. 2012 – Videogames enthuse an audience of millions, the launch of a new title or a new hardware is just as big as the orchestration of a Hollywood-blockbuster. Like the music- or film-industry, the games-industry celebrates their best with several award-shows or audience-awards. However, one thing that easily slips under the radar due to the – actually commendable – everyday presence of computer- and videogames, is the enormous innovative potential displayed by the games- industry. That is why the European Innovative Games Award is granted since 2008. It awards the often spectacular innovations achieved in the development of games in the categories T – Innovative Technology, GD – Innovative Game Design, AME – Innovative Application Methods and Environments and also N – Innovative Newcomer. For the E.I.G.A. 2012, twelve titles from seven countries are nominated. Three ofthem compete for the awardinthe categoryN – Innovative Newcomer, that is endowedwith10.000 Eurofrom the HessianMinistryofEconomics. Among thoseis Code Sustainable from Frankfurt.

"In contrast to other competitions, the E.I.G.A. does not decorate the darlings of the public for their success in the market. It indicates all the creative and technological potential of the whole European games industry", Dag As- bjornsen from the European Commission emphasizes. "That gives the E.I.G.A. an important role in the appraisal of the European game-companies' power of innovation on an international scale.", says E.I.G.A.-juror Asbjornsen. "We are certain, that the opinion of our jurors carry importance on an international scale.", Dr. Florian Stadlbauer, board member of the game industry association gamearea-FRM e.V. explains. "The internationally positioned committee is not only diverse in terms of biographies, but also in the different specializations of the jurors and thus mirrors the standards ofthe award", Stadlbauer concludes.

The jury of the European Innovative Games Award 2012

Dag Asbjornsen - Programme Manager Educationand Culture, European Commission
Dr. MalteBehrmann –General Secretary, European Game Developer Federation (EGDF)
Markus Frank –Deputy Mayor, Head of Department ofEconomy, City of Frankfurt
Andreas Garbe –Editor ZDF / ARTE
Irina Orssich –ProgrammeManager Education and Culture,European Commission
Heico Purwin –Director Games Academy RheinMain
Florian Rentsch (FDP) – Hessian Minister of Economics, Transport, Urban and Regional Development, State of Hessen
Jan WagnerBoard membergamearea-FRM e.V.
Will Weber – Professor, University of Applied Science Darmstadt
Avni Yerli –Managing Director, CRYTEK

The European Innovative Games Award was created in 2008. It is awarded in cooperation with the European Commission and honors innovative achievements in the sector of computer- and videogames. The categories are T – Innovative Technology, GD – Innovative Game Design, AME – Innovative Application Methods and Environments as well as N – Innovative Newcomer. Products and projects from all member-states of the EU are eligible. Host of the award is a joint effort of the Frankfurt Economic Development GmbH, the game industry association gamearea- FRM e.V. and the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Transport, Urban and Regional Development in the scope of the program Hessen-IT. The winners of the E.I.G.A. 2012 are announced in January 2013.

European Innovative Games Award 2012 – The Shortlist

T -Innovative Technology

 

 

 

APlay Multiplayer Engine

Activator

Germany

Middleware

articy:draft

Nevigo

Germany

Software

Wonderbook

SCE London Studio

Great Britain

Technology

GD– Innovative Game Design

 

 

 

From Dust

UbisoftMonpellier / Ubisoft

France

Artificial Life

TheSecret World

Funcom

Norway

MMORPG

Tiny& Big: Grandpas

Black Pants Studios

Germany

Adventure

Leftovers

 

 

 

AME – Innovative Application Methods andEnvironments

 

 

Gambitious

Gambitious BV

Netherlands

Crowdfunding-

 

 

 

Plattform

Juv

Ranj

Netherlands

Educational-Game

Music Tiles

Center for Playware, Technical

Denmark

Music-Fun-Game

 

University ofDenmark

 

 

N– Innovative Newcomer

 

 

 

Game Change Rio

Code Sustainable

Germany

Simulation

Pid

Might &Delight

Sweden

Platformer

Seasons after Fall

SwingSwingSubmarine

France

Puzzle

APlay Multiplayer Engine from Activator, articy:draft from Nevigo (both: Germany) and Wonderbook from SCE London Studio (Great Britain) contend for the European Innovative Games Award 2012 in the category T - Innovative Technology. From Dust (Ubisoft Monpellier / Ubisoft, France), The Secret World from Funcom (Norway) as well as Tiny& Big: GrandpasLeftovers from BlackPants Studios (Germany) compete in the category GD –Innovative Game Design. The crowdfunding-platform Gambitious from Gambitious BV, the educational-game Juv from Ranj (both: Netherlands) and the music-fun-game Music Tiles from the Center for Playware of the Technical University of Denmark (Denmark) made the shortlist in the category AME – Innovative Application Methods and Environments. One title from Germany, one from Sweden and one form France are in the race for the category N – Innovative Newcomer. Nominated alongside Game Change Rio from Code Sustainable (Germany / Frankfurt) are also Pid from Might & Delight (Sweden) and Seasons afterFall from SwingSwingSubmarine (France).

The European Innovative Games Award was created in 2008. It is awarded in cooperation with the European Commission and honors innovative achievements in the sector of computer- and videogames. The categories are T – Innovative Technology, GD – Innovative Game Design, AME – Innovative Application Methods and Environments as well as N – Innovative Newcomer. Products and projects from all member-states of the EU are eligible. Host of the award is a joint effort of the Frankfurt Economic Development GmbH, the game industry association gamearea- FRM e.V. and the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Transport, Urban and Regional Development in the scope of the program Hessen-IT. The winners of the E.I.G.A. 2012 are announced in January 2013.

Contact E.I.G.A.

Press Contact

FrankfurtEconomic Development GmbH

BraveNewGaming

Hanauer Landstraße126 –128

ThomasNickel

D-60314Frankfurt

Mobil:0176-24721991

www.frankfurt-business.net

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.