The SAZ represents as an Interest Group the rights of game designers. It promotes new game designers and advocates the strengthening of the cultural property of games in society. (§ 2.1 of the bylaws)
Game designers are authors! The SAZ advocates a clear definition and acknowledgment of intellectual property rights regarding games in general. Together with other cultural organizations, such as the German Initiative Urheberrecht, the SAZ also opposes any attempts to water down the principles of authors' rights. Also see: Game Designers are Authors!
The SAZ advocates fair conditions in the utilization of intellectual property rights regarding games. It provides advice to members in contract matters – also with help from its legal adviser – and, if required, negotiates with publishers at home and abroad in order to achieve solutions in the game designers' interests.
The SAZ makes the creative faces behind the games better known. Almost every game has its author (designer). The public does not yet always perceive this in the desired manner. Therefore, the SAZ perseveres in getting publishers to clearly name the designers on the box covers, for example, and welcomes additional forms of presentation and acknowledgment in all publications related to the respective game. See also Historical Retrospect.
The SAZ advocates the strengthening of the cultural assets of games. That means, for example, equal treatment of games on the cultural scene, better acknowledgment of the importance of game playing for developing social and cultural competences, and equivalence to books, movies, theatre, and other cultural properties with regard to sales tax. The SAZ also uses its membership in the German Cultural Council.
The SAZ promotes the exchange of experience and offers platforms. The networking of members - both nationally and internationally - helps individual development and the enforcement of legitimate interests. Regional meetings and the internal web forum of the SAZ serve this purpose. In addition, workshops and similar events are organized and promoted. Game designers conventions like in Göttingen also offer a good platform for bringing games designers and publishers into contact.
The SAZ is sponsoring upcoming game authors. Although game designers may be competitors, fostering creative new talents is important to us. Games as a cultural asset must have a personal perspective. New members receive further education vouchers for selected events and workshops. The SAZ also supports projects such as the Deutsche Spieleautorentagung.