The German Developer Award (DEP) announces the nominated games and their development teams for this year's award ceremony on December 9th. From a total of 140 submissions, the jury selected the best games and teams of the year in 15 categories.

The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, December 9th, from 20 p.m. in the auditorium of the Cologne Game Lab at the TH Köln as well as in the live stream on www.deutscherentwicklerpreis.de and www.rocketbeans.tv. Due to the ongoing corona pandemic, the award ceremony will take place as a 'hybrid event'. In the on-site audience, only the nominees and guests of honor can cheer.

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The German Developer Award is the oldest award for the development of outstanding games from German-speaking countries and has been awarded since 2004. The German games industry therefore looks excitedly at the list of nominees of the DEP jury every year. The prize is awarded in a total of 15 categories. 71 experts from the specialist juries determine the winners in 12 categories.

The 'Grand Jury' of 147 members entitled to vote decides on the awards in the categories “Best Game”, “Best Studio” and “Best Publisher”. Hot contenders for an award this year are the games "A Juggler's Tale" with six nominations, "Minute of Islands" with five nominations and with three nominations each "Can't drive this", "Dorfromantik", "Omno" and " Suzerain ".

The nominated games and their development teams at a glance:

Best German game
- Village romance (Toukana Interactive, Berlin)
- A Juggler's Tale (kaleidoscube, Ludwigsburg)
- Minute of Islands (Studio Fizbin, Ludwigsburg)
- Suzerain (Torpor Games, Berlin)
- Omno (Studio Inkyfox, Werther)
- Curious Expedition 2 (Maschinen-Mensch, Berlin)

Best studio
- Studio Fizbin, Ludwigsburg
- Machine man, Berlin
- Headup, Düren
- Pixel Maniacs, Nuremberg
- Toukana Interactive, Berlin
- Mobile games, Giebelstadt
- Happy Broccoli Games, Berlin

Best publisher
- Assemble Entertainment, Wiesbaden
- Headup, Düren
- THQ Nordic, Vienna
- Mixtvision, Munich
- Mobile games, Giebelstadt

Best game design
- A Juggler's Tale (kaleidoscube, Ludwigsburg)
- Can't drive this (Pixel Maniacs, Nuremberg)
- Village romance (Toukana Interactive, Berlin)
- Spacebase Startopia (Realmforge Studios, Munich)
- Suzerain (Torpor Games, Berlin)

Best sound
- A Juggler's Tale (kaleidoscube, Ludwigsburg)
- Lacuna (DigiTales Interactive, Saarbrücken)
- Minute of Islands (Studio Fizbin, Ludwigsburg)
- Say no! More (Studio Fizbin, Ludwigsburg)

Best graphics
- A Juggler's Tale (kaleidoscube, Ludwigsburg)
- Village romance (Toukana Interactive, Berlin)
- Minute of Islands (Studio Fizbin, Ludwigsburg)
- Omno (Studio Inkyfox, Werther)
- Kraken Academy !! (Happy Broccoli Games, Berlin)
- Spacebase Startopia (Realmforge Studios, Munich)

Best story
- A Juggler's Tale (kaleidoscube, Ludwigsburg)
- Kraken Academy !! (Happy Broccoli Games)
- Minute of Islands (Studio Fizbin, Ludwigsburg)
- Suzerain (Torpor Games, Berlin)

Best indie game
- A Juggler's Tale (kaleidoscube, Ludwigsburg)
- Can't drive this (Pixel Maniacs, Nuremberg)
- Minute of Islands (Studio Fizbin, Ludwigsburg)
- Omno (Studio Inkyfox, Werther)
- Orbital Bullet (Smoke Stab, Heidelberg)

Best mobile game
- Albion Online (Sandbox Interactive, Berlin)
- Bridge Constructor The Walking Dead (Clockstone, Innsbruck)
- EXIT - The Curse of Ophir (Nementic Games, Munich)
- Idle Firefighter Tycoon (Kolibri Games, Cologne)
- Petventures - Animal Stories (Tivola Games, Hamburg)

Innovation award - special award from the city of Cologne
- Can't drive this (Pixel Maniacs, Nuremberg)
- Lacuna (DigiTales Interactive, Saarbrücken)
- Orbital Bullet (Smoke Stab, Heidelberg)
- Puzzling Places (realities.io, Berlin)

Most Wanted
- Shadow Tactics - Blades of the Shogun - Aikos Choice (Mimimi Games, Munich)
- Super Dungeon Maker (Firechick, Düsseldorf)
- The Bus (Aerosoft, Büren)
- The Lord of the Rings - Gollum (Daedalic Entertainment, Hamburg)
- White Shadows (Monocle, Cologne)

Long-running
- The Settlers Online (Ubisoft Düsseldorf)
- Goodgame Empire (Goodgame Studios, Hamburg)
- Tropico 6 (Realmforge Studios, Munich)

Ubisoft Newcomer Award
- Passing By (Studio Windsocke, Hallstadt)
- Maniacs (AAS attention, Autobahn Studios, Cologne)
- ABRISS (Randwerk Games, Berlin)
- Help Yourself (Flat Head Studio, Puch near Hallein)
- Korine (Liquid Squirrel, Hamburg)

The Special award for social engagement as the NRW sponsorship award for young female developers, like in previous years, they are awarded without nominations.

This year's award ceremony will take place on December 9th from 20 p.m. on site in Cologne as well as in a big show in the live stream www.deutscherentwicklungspreis.de and www.rocketbeans.tv.


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