Game Designers Convention in Goettingen 2022

Göttingen / Lokhalle

  • Goettingen 2022
  • Information about the event
  • Schedule and timetable
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Registration to the Game Designers Convention in Goettingen 2022

The 40th Game Designers Convention take place in Goettingen on June 11th and 12th 2022 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:

999 Games
AMIGO Spiel + Freizeit GmbH
ASS Spielkartenfabrik Altenburg GmbH
Clemens Gerhards e.K.
Deep Print Games GmbH
Edition Spielwiese
Feuerland Spiele
Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-GmbH & Co. KG
frechverlag GmbH
Friedrich Verlag GmbH
Game Brewer
Hans im Glück
HeidelBÄR Games
Hutter Trade/Huch
Lookout Spiele
Loosey Goosey Games GmbH
Magellan Verlag
Mücke Spiele
Nice Game Publishing GmbH
Ostia -Spiele
Pegasus Spiele GmbH
Playte/ Gameology Inc
Ravensburger Verlag GmbH
Schmidt Spiele GmbH
Skellig Games
Together Spieleverlag
White Castle

(The list will continue to be updated until the registration deadline).


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 22th, 2022. 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.

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 11, 2022, 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 June 11. to 11 am. Should restrictions arise at short notice, we will have to react accordingly.

For further information and as media contact, please apply to Hans-Peter Stoll, Manager of the SAZ: email contact, phone +49-6206 - 9123192.

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

Wednesday, May 18th
19:00 Online Tutorial - introduction for first time participants
Saturday, June 11th
09:00 Doors opening and allocation of tables
10:30 Opening with a welcome by Hartmut Kommerell, Chairman of SAZ, and Ehsan Kangarani, Major 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
18:45 End of the 1st day. Please leave the Lokhale til 19:00 h. The evening is at your free disposition.
from 19:00 Göttingen Night of Culture in the entire city center with concerts and performances. Plus a wide range of food and drinks.
Sunday, June 12th
09:00 Entry and continuation of the convention with the public:
Goettingen Day of Games
10:30 Awarding of the German Scholarship for Aspiring Game Authors
12:30 Drawing of the tombola prizes for players, Sponsor: Schmidt Spiele
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.

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