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This year, we bursted the bubbles and wanted to discover together how soap operas and digital games find each other.

In the interactive exhibition, a total of +48 experimental and playful works from 18 countries could be discovered in the sections Core Exhibition, Focus Hamburg and Special Selection YoungPLAY.

The PLAYvalley was the digital festival location. Here, all streams could be followed and the on-site festival could be visited with cameras. The exhibition could not only be viewed, but parts of it could also be tried out directly. It was 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 started - THE meeting point for all online guests to exchange, play and listen to the evening program.

Creative Gaming Awards
In addition, the six games nominated for the Creative Gaming Awards could also be found in the exhibition. The Audience Award, which each work in the exhibition could receive, was voted on and awarded by the audience.


Guided tours were available upon request at Festival HQ (Well of Wisdom).

Every evening at 8pm in PLAYvalley:
The PLAYnight, in which you could meet the artists, play together or take part in the evening program.

Works & Artists

Artists could be meet at the following times in PLAYvalley and in the exhibition (CET):

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!

A Perfect Day

Perfect Day Studio
CN, 2023

Back Scratching Simulator 2023

ES, 2023

Back to the Dawn

Metal Head Games
CN, 2023

Closer the Distance

Osmotic Studios
DE, 2024


Julián Cordero & Sebastian Valbuena
EC, 2024

Desta: The Memories Between

Ustwo Games
SW, 2022


Un Je Ne Sais Quoi
FR, 2023


US, 2005


Futuros del Pluriverso
MX, PO, tba

Goodbye Volcano High

CA, 2023

Lakeburg Legacies

Ishtar Games
FR, 2023

Locked In

Far Few Giants
UK, 2020

Marshmallow Mystery. Ein Sommercamp-Krimi

GRIPS Werke e.V.
DE, tba

Roman Sands RE:Build

Arbitrary Metric
US, tba

Scarlet Hollow

Black Tabby Games
CA, 2024

Secret Shuffle

Adriaan, Sim, Yero, and Gilles
NL, 2023

Signs of the Sojourner

Echodog Games
US, 2020

Solace State: Emotional Cyberpunk Stories

Vivid Foundry
CA, 2023


Cookie Crayon
ES, 2023

Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical

Summerfall Studios
AU, 2023

Thirsty Suitors

Outerloop Games
US, CA, UK, AU, IN, CN, 2023


Visai Studios
CA, 2023

Who’s Lila?

Garage Heathen
RU, 2022

Focus Hamburg

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 could be experienced.


DE, 2021

Card GPT

Die Mausis
HAW, 2023


Fox Assembly
HAW, 2020


Symmetry Break Studio
HAW, tba

Non-Virtual Reality Games

3m Jump
HAW, tba

Turbo Shell

Radioactive Dreams
DE, 2023


studio playces
DE, 2023

Student Showcase


Student Showcase


Student Showcase


Student Showcase


Young PLAY

Beside the core topic, the youth team of PLAY has curated its own area. In the form of a small city, selected games could be found here, as well as their own works.

Chef Chen

buho game
TW, 2023

Lucky Tower Ultimate

Studio Seufz
DE, 2024


Daniel Benmergui
AR, 2023


ACE Entertainment
CN, 2023

Ultimate Godspeed

CH, 2024


DE, 2020

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

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