Last week, I and four of my colleagues took on the long travel from our Hamburg headquarters to the sunny state of California - But not to dwell on the magnificent beaches of the pacific coast, but to visit the mecca for every game enthusiast: The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, in Los Angeles. Of course we didn’t go there empty-handed, but we had something very special in our heavy bags: Kartuga, a pirate-themed live-action MMO with lots of PvP and some RPG-aspects, developed by our colleagues from Ticking Bomb Games. We chose the E3 to announce the game, and it was the first time we presented it to people outside of our offices, which was pretty exciting for all of us…But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start at the beginning:
Successfully returning from the Vikings, I would like to tell you something about my adventures at the Nordic Game Conference in Malmö, Sweden, which took place between the 23rd and 25th of May. Starting our Quest at the InnoGames HQ in Hamburg, we were of course aware of the rough Nordic weather and therefore prepared. Imagine our surprise when we arrived in Malmö and it was a lovely 24° Celsius and amazing sunshine. Only hesitantly did we enter the Slagthuset, Location of the 2012 Nordic Games. But the huge complex was impressive (and cold) enough to distract us from what we missed outside. In the evening, we joined the Indie Party and for the first time realized what we would comment on with astonishment several more times in the following days: Swedes, or maybe Nordic people in general are the nicest, most relaxed folks in the world. No Viking attitude, but chilling, polite people, even in crowded rooms!
Today I once again visited the InnoGames office in Hamburg. The last time I’ve been there in mid-April as a participant of the InnoGames GameJam 2012. Back then, me and 49 other participants tried to develop our own “survival” games. All teams managed to hand in a playable version of their game in time, leading to 12 games being developed during the 48 hours of the event. Over the last couple of weeks, those games were extensively played and evaluated by an independent jury. And today it was time to announce the winner!
On April 26, we opened our doors for about 25 students from ages 11 to 17. The German event “Zukunftstag” (Future Day) helps students get inspiration and insights into potential future job fields like IT, technology, handcraft and science.
On the road again! From April 19 to 20 we went to the Festival of Games in Utrecht, Netherlands. The Festival of Games is a game business event. It consists of a conference, showcase, career fair and the match-making event Pitch & Match. This year, we had our HR booth at the career fair, met with potential new colleagues, talked to journalists and business partners and our CMO Volker Dressel held his presentation about cross-platform gaming.