In the interactive exhibition, a total of +40 experimental and playful works from 17 countries can be discovered in the sections Core Exhibition, Focus Hamburg and Special Selection YoungPLAY.
The PLAYvalley is the digital festival location. Here, all streams can be followed and the on-site festival can be visited with cameras. The exhibition can not only be viewed, but parts of it can also be tried out directly. It is also a fantastic place to meet the team, the artists and other guests. Just open it in your browser (not on mobile phones/tablets), log in and go exploring alone or with friends! The PLAYvalley is always open. At 8 pm the PLAYnight starts - THE meeting point for all online guests to exchange, play and listen to the evening program.
Creative Gaming Awards
In addition, the five games nominated for the Creative Gaming Awards can also be found in the exhibition. The Audience Award, which each work in the exhibition can receive, is voted on and awarded by the audience.
Guided tours are available upon request at Festival HQ (Well of Wisdom).
Every evening at 8pm in PLAYvalley:
The PLAYnight, in which you can meet the artists, play together or take part in the evening program.
Meet artists at the following times in PLAYvalley and in the exhibition (CET):
(will be updated daily)
Ishtar Games with "Lakeburg Legacies": Wednesday (3-5pm), Thursday (5-6pm), Saturday (7-8pm)
Vivid Foundry with "Solace State": Friday (3-4pm)
Symmetry Break Studio with "Misgiven": Wednesday (3-5pm)
Complex relationships, inner conflicts, wild debates on social questions in never ending short episodes with dramatic cliffhangers.. Lie, live & love in new roles - With AI and other humans in the game or in front of it - It's drama, baby!
Perfect Day Studio
Metal Head Games
Julián Cordero & Sebastian Valbuena
Un Je Ne Sais Quoi
Futuros del Pluriverso
MX, PO, tba
Far Few Giants
GRIPS Werke e.V.
Black Tabby Games
Adriaan, Sim, Yero, and Gilles
US, CA, UK, AU, IN, CN, 2023
Hamburg not only hosts the PLAY Festival, the city also has a vibrant scene of creative minds for games. In this area, particularly exceptional works as well as games by future artists from the local games degree programs can be experienced.
Symmetry Break Studio
Beside the core topic, the youth team of PLAY has curated its own area. In the form of a small city, selected games can be found here, as well as their own works.
PLAY23 – Creative Gaming Festival is an event produced by the Initiative Creative Gaming e. V. and jaf – Verein für medienpädagogische Praxis Hamburg e. V.
Funded by Projektfonds Medien und Bildung Hamburg, der BürgerStiftung Hamburg, Gamecity Hamburg, Das Zukunftspaket des Bundesministeriums für Familien, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend and JIZ - Jugendinformationszentrum Hamburg der BSB
Supported by the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, dem Fonds für kreative Zwischennutzung von der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg und der Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft, KUTI-Spiele, Fundus Theatre | Theatre of Research and Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg
Sponsored by siebold/hamburg messebau GmbH, OPAK Entertainment Systems and Fritz Kola