Best startup-game 2019 will be chosen at Baltic Sea Games

Baltic Sea Games, a brand established by the EU-Interreg Baltic Game Industry project to connect the Baltic Sea Region and its games industries under an umbrella identity. The eight European countries adjacent to the Baltic Sea join forces to strengthen the visibility for their games industries and facilitate access to this important market. At GameOn, Baltic Sea Games is launching the first iteration of the Baltic Sea Games Award and a panel with game investors.

Baltic Sea Games connects the Baltic Sea Region and its games industries under a common brand. The eight European countries adjacent to the Baltic Sea join forces in establishing a shared identity for their games industries to simplify accessing this important market and to increase its visibility worldwide.

For the panel “Game Investment 101”, a group of distinguished investors, publishers and game developers are invited to present and discuss different approaches on investing in Games. The panel will take an investor to investor perspective, showing different concepts and strategies behind game investment, each entailing different expectations, challenges and opportunities.

The panel will take place on 16 November 2019 in Hall 5.3 – GameDev track, time 14:45-15:45

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The Baltic Sea Games Award Ceremony

The Baltic Sea Games Award has been established to promote the games industries of the Baltic Sea Region, strengthening their ecosystems and encouraging talent and start-up growth.

The award takes two perspectives: creative quality and business potential. We had 25 submissions from the eight European countries adjacent to the Baltic Sea. An online jury of game experts chose the winners in the four categories “Best Game Design”, “Best Game Art”, “Best Game Audio” and “Best Game Narrative” – evaluating the creative quality angle.

The four winners become the finalists in the second phase for the Baltic Sea Games Award ceremony, a live pitch event with a group of distinguished investors / publishers as jurors, which will take place 16 November 2019, 17:00- 19:00h at GameOn, Hall 3, Entertainment Stage.

In addition to the jurors, the public will have a say: An online community vote prior to the event vote will have a stake in the final scoring. Vote HERE. Whoever will be deemed the best out of the four finalists after their pitching rounds, will receive the title “Best Start-up Game 2019”.

The four winners and finalists for the Baltic Sea Games Award ceremony at GameOn:

Best Game Design – “Area 86” by SimDevs, Latvia

Area 86 is a physics-based escape room puzzle game. Control your robot in an interactive environment. Find, pick, throw, activate & destroy items to escape.

Best Game Art – “Weakless” by Punk Notion, Poland

Weakless is a beautiful, puzzle-adventure game with stunning organic environments, filled with curious life forms and a bioluminescent glow. Play as two Weavelings – carefree, wooden creatures – one of which is deaf, the other blind. Switch between the two, solve unique puzzles and save their world!

Best Game Audio – “Hexagroove” by Ichigoichie Games, Sweden

Hexagroove combines elements of strategy, rhythm, and action games in a unique blend of self- expression. Your goal as a DJ is to combine musical loops in real time to regulate a virtual audience’s energy, working them into a state of euphoria with your artistic skills. The action swings from contemplative to frantic as you move between song sections in one of ten dance music genres. Over time you’ll unlock new musical loops, DJ tricks, and club venues to play in. Perform together with up to three friends in your room or on the dance floor with this truly creative title.

Best Game Narrative – “Wanderlust Travel Stories” by Different Tales, Poland

You take the role of various modern travellers, live their adventures and shape their stories. Relish in discovery and awe, longing and hope as you journey from Africa to Antarctica, from Europe to Asia. The change brought by this odyssey will be your own.

We aimed at creating something different. A bridge between literary experiences and gaming. A title that is meant to be taken in, experienced and felt. Perfect when you’re traveling — or wishing you were.

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