Berlin Studios at Deutscher Entwicklerpreis 2020

Seven studios from Berlin are nominated for the awards at the Deutscher Entwicklerpreis 2020.

The Deutscher Entwicklerpreis 2020 (German Development Award) will be awarded on the 20th of January. This event is delayed due to the Covid-pandemic and with the date also the format has changed. The ceremony will be held online and can be watched live via

In 15 categories the nominees can claim one of these sought after awards, with two special categories without nominees called “Soziales Engagement” (Social Engagement) and “NRW Förderpreis für junge Entwicklerinnen” (Nordrhein-Westfalen development award for young female developers).

The jury received 163 submissions for the different categories, of which a selection has made it to the last round, including seven renowned studios from Berlin.

Kolibri-Games, the mobile games studio from the capital, known for their very successful game “Idle Miner Tycoon”, is nominated as “Bestes Studio” (Best Studio) and with Idle Miner Tycoon in the category “Dauerbrenner” (Longtime favorite). The studio was already awarded by Deloitte as the fastest growing tech company in Germany.

Also nominated for “Bestes Studio” is the indie-developer Maschinen-Mensch from Berlin.

Paintbucket Games has inspired the jury and is nominated in three categories with the game “Through the darkest of times”. The game could be seen as one of the favourites of the DEP and is nominated as “Bestes Deutsches Spiel” (Best German Game), “Beste Story” (Best Story) and “Bestes Indie Game” (Best Indie Game).

The developer Ion Lands is also nominated for “Bestes Deutsches Spiel” and “Bester Sound” (Best Sound) with their game “Cloudpunk”. Pangolin Park is also nominated for “Best Sound” with “1-800 SUPER”.

The studio smpl Games, known for their indie-animation and indie-games is nominated with their title “High Rise” for “Bestes Mobile Game” (Best Mobile Game).

Finally, Sandbox Interactive as seventh studio from Berlin made it to the nominees with their game “Albion Online” for the category “Dauerbrenner”.


More information about the Deutscher Entwicklerpreis can be found here (in German).

The original news from Projekt Zukunft can be found here (in German).



A list of the winners in all categories:

Bestes Deutsches Spiel

Iron Harvest, Entwickler: King Art GmbH, Bremen


Bestes Studio – präsentiert von game – Verband der deutschen Games-Branche e.V.

King Art GmbH, Bremen


Bester Publisher

Assemble Entertainment GmbH, Wiesbaden


Bestes Game Design

Iron Harvest, Entwickler: King Art GmbH, Bremen


Bester Sound

Iron Harvest, Entwickler: King Art GmbH, Bremen


Beste Grafik

SpellForce 3 – Fallen God, Entwickler: Grimlore Games GmbH, München


Beste Story

Through the Darkest of Times, Entwickler: Paintbucket Games, Berlin


Bestes Indie Game

Through the Darkest of Times, Entwickler: Paintbucket Games, Berlin


Bestes Mobile Game

High Rise, Entwickler: smpl Games, Berlin


Innovationspreis – Sonderpreis der Stadt Köln

Jessika, Entwickler: TriTrie Games UG, Köln


Sonderpreis Soziales Engagement – präsentiert von Gaming-Aid e.V.

Gaming ohne Grenzen, ComputerProjekt Köln e.V., Köln


Most Wanted

Everspace 2, Entwickler: Rockfish Games GmbH, Hamburg



Anno (Serie), Entwickler: Ubisoft GmbH, Mainz/ Düsseldorf


Newcomer Award

Whalien, Entwickler: Forbidden Folds, Pischelsdorf (A)


Förderpreis für junge Entwicklerinnen – Sonderpreis Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

Golden Orb, Witten

The list is taken from the press release at