The Creative Gaming Awards are granted annually during the PLAY – Creative Gaming Festival. Honoring video games, playful media, and media art, the Creative Gaming Awards are made up of two categories, which are determined by the developers’ experience. Indie game developers from all over Europe can submit their projects. Hardware games and media art are also strongly welcome!

Creativity can mean subverting established patterns, finding new perspectives, or simply challenging previous gameplay ideas and finding originality. We do not want to limit you in any way and welcome all forms of videos games - whether you like focusing on narrative games; whether you created a game that plays with the way we are used to control video games; whether you use video games to originate media art; whether you developed a game that you think is fun and want others to play. This list is most certainly not exhaustive.

Since 2007 the PLAY – Creative Gaming Festival unites media art, discourse, and education with digital gaming culture. Its primary focus is the creative application of digital games – inventing, building, tinkering, modifying, programming, dancing, discussing.



The Most Creative Game Award will be given to the most creative project made by experienced indie developers, who have developed video games before. You can submit beta versions and finished projects in this category.

Winners will receive 1000,-€. In case PLAY20 takes place physically, winners will be invited to Hamburg to visit the festival.


The Most Innovative Newcomer Award honors the most creative and inventive newcomer production. Newcomers include students and inexperienced indie developers, who have not published a video game before. You can submit prototypes, alpha and beta versions.

Winners will receive a one-year mentorship that aids them gain a foothold in the gaming industry. Additionally, they will be invited to Hamburg to visit PLAY20, if the festival takes place physically.


Fill out the complete form on our website
(The project will be submitted as a link in the form).
Please include instructions.
A short video showing gameplay (min. 5 minutes) and screenshots.

- Windows 7 and above, Mac OS X 14 and above, Playstation 4, Xbox One, iOS / Android -
Installations and Hardware games are warmly welcome.
Please send a video and a short description. If you need further operating systems, please contact us (award[at]

Submitting and participating is free of charge.
July 1st – 31st



After the deadline (July 31st, 2020) the PLAY – Creative Gaming Festival team will play and evaluate all submissions. We will announce and contact nominees mid September 2020 on both our website and Social Media channels.

Further information and the terms and conditions can be found on our website, please visit:


Two members of the nominated developer teams will be invited to the PLAY – Creative Gaming Festival (November 5-8, 2020). This includes festival tickets and travel expenses for the duration of the festival - only if the festival takes place physically! Moreover, the nominated games and media will be exhibited in the official PLAY20 exhibition.

The awarding ceremony will take place on
November 7th, 2020 at the PLAY – Creative Gaming festival (either online or offline).


BEGIN July 1st, 2020

DEADLINE July 31st, 2020

AWARDING CEREMONY November 7th, 2020

CONTACT award[at]




PLAY20 – Creative Gaming Festival is an event produced by the Initiative Creative Gaming e. V. and jaf – Verein für medienpädagogische Praxis Hamburg e. V. in cooperation with, the platform of the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb on the Subject of Computer Games, Behörde für Schule und Berufsbildung Hamburg and JIZ – Jugendinformationszentrum Hamburg (BSB).

Supported by the BürgerStiftung Hamburg and gamecity:Hamburg

In cooperation with the FUNDUS THEATER