On December 8, the German Developer Award 2022 (Deutscher Entwicklerpreis) was awarded to the best games of German-speaking developers & publishers!

We are very proud to announce that Antura & the Letters has won the award in the category Special Award for Social Commitment – presented by Gaming-Aid e.V.! And as if that weren’t enough, there is even a second prize for the Cologne Game Lab: Casilda de Zulueta, Alumna of one of our Master Programs was awarded the NRW-Förderpreis für junge Entwicklerinnen.

Casilda de Zulueta completed her Master’s degree at Cologne Game Lab in Game Development and Research in July. Her outstanding thesis was titled “Of Paintings and Video Games – The Reproduction of Real-life Paintings and Pictorial Movements in Video Game Graphics: Three Case Studies and a First Playable Demo of the First-person Horror Game ’13 Rosas’.

The NRW sponsorship award for young female developers specifically honours her work on the game “13 Rosas”. It is a horror adventure game about the characteristics and mechanisms of fascism in general and the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) in particular. As a player you explore a nightmarish, impossible building to retrieve thirteen red roses for the monster guarding the exit gate. ->gatdesoia.es

The Antura Initiative is an applied research program investigating the use of games for children’s education and psychosocial well-being. In 2016, it started with the development and distribution of an arabic literacy game to help Syrian refugee children acquire the basics of reading in their mother tongue. Then the trajectory shifted to the development and distribution of a game teaching the basics of a foreign language, aiding the integration of refugees in a host country. In light of the war in Ukraine, new language versions were developed, focusing on countries like Poland, Romania, Moldova and Hungary, that are hosting the most refugees from Ukraine. The app helps children acquire a basic vocabulary of the respective host country and is also intended to provide them with further psychosocial support. ->www.antura.org

Congratulations to all award winners!