Goodgame Studios animates young talent

On June 24th, the Animation Award was awarded in Hamburg for the 11th time. For the first time, a games category was added for the prize for young talent in the international animation industry. It was an honor for us to provide the €4000 worth of prize money. Encouraging young talent is essential for the gaming industry, as we are always in need of qualified and talented personnel in the art department.

A speech was given at the ceremony by GameOne legend and Games TV pioneer Daniel Budiman. He gave an impassioned but also very amusing talk on the importance of the flourishing gaming industry, especially in Hamburg, and how it has been ignored and stigmatized for years. Only slowly, said Budiman, are people realizing how important games are as a basic need, and how many jobs and unusual career opportunities are offered by the industry. People are also coming round to the fact that video games do not mean scams, dependency and killing sprees, he added.

The prize in the games category was won by a student team from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. The winning game “Shards of eternity” had already won the German Computer Game Prize. We would like to congratulate Mathias Fischer, Michael Kluge, Clemens Kügler, Marc Victorin and Vanessa Zeeb for developing this fantastic game. We would also like to thank the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and the Animation School Hamburg for organizing the award and for creating the games category.

16.07.2014 · Comments · Post a Comment

Goodgamers prove Goodrunners at the HSH Nordbank Run

Following our efforts in 2011, 2012 and 2013, Goodgame Studios recently took part in the HSH Nordbank run in the Hafencity area of Hamburg for what is now the fourth time. Comprising 50 Goodgamers, our team was the biggest to represent our company so far. In total, there were 23,244 runners and 812 teams taking part. The proceeds of the charity run, totaling €150,000, were given to the “Kinder helfen Kindern” initiative, who will use it to fund the “Kids in die Clubs” project.

All the employees running the race were kitted out with a Goodgame sports shirt, and then it was time to tackle the four-kilometer route together. Our team got off to by far the loudest start, and the commentator was friendly enough to remark that we are always looking for new employees, and that anyone who had their application with them was welcome to give it to us.

The Goodgame cheering taskforce had positioned themselves a few hundred meters from the start, and greeted their colleagues with a barrage of support that was hard to miss. A combination of thundersticks in a brilliant company blue and motivating cheers ensured an impressive level of noise. Just before the end, there was another cheering squad, to help the runners dig deep and make it to the finish.

Having arrived, our colleagues were reinvigorated with drinks, before some went off on a harbor tour, which was offered to all the runners for free. We have no doubt that we’ll be on the start line and ready to go again next year. Hopefully with an even bigger team!

04.07.2014 · Comments · Post a Comment

Goodgame Studios crowns programming champion from Wedel University of Applied Sciences

The Wedel University of Applied Sciences recently held their biannual programming competition, which is open to all students of the university. Goodgame Studios sponsored the event and donated prizes totaling €1000.

The task for the competition concerned artificial intelligence. Two computers had to be programmed to play the number game 2048 against each other. The program had to run on Linux. Students worked together in small groups, and the results were presented at the end to be judged. Before the ceremony, while the judges were weighing up the teams’ efforts, our Chief Technical Officer Stefan gave a short presentation about Goodgame Studios. We are always looking for well-qualified specialist staff to join our team of 200 programmers. The competition was a good opportunity to introduce ourselves as a company and to discover coding talent.

When the judging was over, Stefan awarded cash prizes to the three teams with the best solutions. No one left empty-handed, however – there were textbooks for everyone, and a barbecue to round off the successful event.

23.06.2014 · Comments · Post a Comment

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