Game Designers Convention in Goettingen 2020

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Registration to the Game Designers Convention in Goettingen 2020

The 39th Game Designers Convention take place in Goettingen on June 6th and 7th 2020 in the LOKHALLE – at least we hope so. Organizers are the Game Designers Association (SAZ) and the City of Goettingen – Culture Department. All game authors and publishers are cordially invited to participate. This event is a perfect platform where game designers can present their prototypes to representatives of game publishers. They receive direct feedback and the chance to find a suitable publisher for their newly developed games.

CORONA VIRUS: We hope that the crisis situation and the associated restrictions on events will be overcome by the beginning of June. Otherwise, we will inform here on the website and by email in good time, i.e. at least four weeks before. We ask for your understanding for this uncertainty.

There is an admission fee is for all participants above 16 years (as well for companions) – to be paid cash upon arrival: Authors incl. table € 30,00 | Table for SAZ members with pin € 20,00 | Companions of authors € 10,00 | Publishers representative € 30,00. Admission is free for children and young people under 16 years.

Further information you get clicking on the corresponding tab above including an application (only German) for the Award of the German Game Author Scholarship, the timetable and for some visual impressions some pictures of the years before.

Registration: Since Saturday is a closed event, registration is mandatory for ALL participants (authors, companions, publishers). For this purpose, you find until May 17th 10 PM an online form incl. immediate email confirmation below.

Here is the current list of participating publishers and agencies:

kommt im May | follows in May


Information about the event

The Game Designers Convention in Goettingen has been founded 1983 by Karin and Reinhold Wittig (Edition Perlhuhn) and has become a steady institution. Since 2017, the SAZ – together with the city of Göttingen – has been co-organizer and continues this tradition. Below you will find detailed information about the meeting.

Event location: Lokhalle, Bahnhofsallee 1, 37081 Göttingen, Germany – direcly behind the train station: Google-Map

Deadline for registrations to the Convention is May 17th, 2020. Later applications cannot be accepted, for organizational reasons. As soon as the maximum number of 185 tables has been reached, only registrations without a table can be accepted. The display above indicates the total number of registered participants, not the number of tables.

Targeting publishers: From mid-May onwards, you will also find a list of all the publishers registered up to then, together with their respective web addresses. This is a good opportunity to find out in advance which publisher could be suitable for your own game prototypes. Nearly every publisher has one or more specializations and also certain types of games that do not fit into the program.

Once you have found the right publisher(s) for your games, you can approach them during the gathering. There will also be an opportunity to drop off a short description of your game(s) into “Publisher’s Mail Boxes” of suitable publishers (please avoid filling everyone's boxes). You can find a WORD form for such short descriptions here. You can also try to make appointments in advance with specific editors sending them your game descriptions.

Special Guest: ASS Altenburger (Cartamundi). As already 2019, the company introduces important tools for authors and publishers who help in the development ( and production ( of games. In addition, there will be information on hybrid technologies (iCards, digital approaches), special effects and all other ASS Altenburger products and services.

All information about the German Game Author Scholarship – sponsored by the jury Game of the Year – and the PDF form for application you find here. Please note, that an application is only possible if you have a good knowledge of the German language.

There is an admission fee is for all participants above 16 years (as well for companions) – to be paid cash upon arrival: Authors incl. table € 30,00 | Table for SAZ members with pin € 20,00 | Companions of authors € 10,00 | Publishers representative € 30,00. Admission is free for children and young people under 16 years. This contribution finances the GÖTTINGER SPATZ award, organizational expenses as well as a contribution to the hall costs. All participants receive a name tag, which we ask you to wear during the meeting. Publishers' representatives and SAZ members can complete the formalities on the day before the editors' workshop or at the SAZ General Meeting. On Saturday it is a closed event in which admission is not possible without a name tag.

Entrance and parking: The entrance for participants without a name tag is on Saturday only on the back of the Lokhalle at the parking lots. We can provide the participants with a total of 100 free parking spaces. Please apply when registering online. The parking permit will be sent in advance by post. All others will find sufficient parking spaces and a multi-storey car park at the back of the station.

About lodging you should take care by yourself. If necessary, please contact Göttingen Tourism: Altes Rathaus, Markt 9, 37073 Göttingen, Tel.: +49-551-49980-20, email contact.

Spaghetti dinner: On Saturday, June 6, 2020, Reinhold Wittig will once again be hosting the traditional spaghetti dinner from 7 pm in the Bistro of the Deutsches Theater Göttingen. Please register by email or postcard with a nice stamp to Reinhold Wittig, Am Goldgraben 22, 37073 Göttingen). Unfortunately there are only 100 seats – please register as soon as possible, at the latest by 6.6. to 11 am.

For further information and as media contact, please apply to Christian Beiersdorf, Manager of the SAZ: email contact, phone +49-761-3630 1926.

Five more info’s and rules about our gathering:

  1. If you have to cancel at short notice, please still let us know about it so we can update our participants' list, and, where applicable, assign tables to other participants.
  2. Please note that on Saturday, our gathering is not open to the public but only to people who have signed in beforehand.
  3. Please return the name tags after the gathering.
  4. Please note the closing times of the Lokhalle: Saturday at 7.00 pm, Sunday at 2.00 pm. By then, everyone must have left the hall.
  5. Access to the parking lots behind the Lokhalle is only possible with a pre-ordered parking permit.

Schedule and timetable

Saturday, July 6th
09:00 Doors opening and allocation of tables
10:30 Opening with a welcome by Hartmut Kommerell, Chairman of SAZ, and Petra Broistedt, Head of the Department of Culture and Social Affairs of the City of Göttingen

Laudatio and award ceremony of the GÖTTINGER SPATZ

Announcement of the five candidates for the German Scholarship for Aspiring Game Authors
11:00 Tutorial - introduction for first time participants
18:45 End of the 1st day. Please leave the Lokhale til 19:00 h. The evening is at your free disposition.
Sunday, July 7th
09:00 Entry and continuation of the convention – from 09:30 with the public:
Goettingen Day of Games
10:30 Awarding of the German Scholarship for Aspiring Game Authors
13:00 Drawing of the tombola prizes for players, Sponsor: Ravensburger
13:45 End of the convention. Please leave the Lokhalle til 14:00 h.


We try to keep the podium events short. During this time we ask the participants at the tables in the hall to remain as quiet as possible and not to disturb the event.

Registration form

The number of tables is limited – size 70 x 130 cm. For each author or author team only one table can be booked

The tutorium informs first-time participants and takes place on Saturday at 11:00 am.

Data protection notice: Your data will be stored and used exclusively for this event and for the invitation to the following event next year. You can withdraw your consent to the storage of your data by e-mail at any time after the end of the event. We also refer you to our Privacy policy and the contact details given there.

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