The nominees for 2022 have been determined!


03/07/2022 - The German Computer Game Prize (DCP) announces the nominees for 2022. From 456 submissions, the jury has determined the best games of the year. With three nominations, the indie adventure OMNO by solo developer Jonas Manke from Werther in NRW is a hot contender for an award.

The debut title A Juggler`s Tale by kaleidoscube from Stuttgart has the chance to win two awards. It will be exciting in the category "Player of the Year". From now on, the community is in demand and can help determine the winner via online voting until March 27, 2022. This year`s DCP is endowed with prize money totaling 800,000 euros. The grand awards ceremony will take place on March 31 in Munich and live stream.

This year, 456 submissions were received by the award office of the German Computer Game Prize, around 100 more than last year. Last Thursday, the main jury determined the winners based on the nominations of the expert juries. The 34-member main jury is made up of experts from various areas of the games industry, science, culture, media and politics. The jury was chaired again this year by Prof. Odile Limpach, Professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship at the Cologne Game Lab of the TH Cologne.

In the category "Best German Game", Chorus, Endzone - A World Apart and Lacuna are vying for the coveted award. Here, prize money of 100,000 euros awaits the winner and 30,000 euros each for the other two nominees. The nominees can therefore already look forward to prize money. This also applies to the two young talent award categories, whose nominees are assured prize money of 25,000 euros.

In the category "Player of the Year", the DCP invites you to participate. Here the Community submitted first suggestions, from which a specially convened jury of experts determined the nominees. The nominees are Melanie Eilert (aka melly_maeh), Maximilian Knabe (aka HandOfBlood), Matthias Remmert (aka Knochen), Pia Scholz (aka Shurjoka) and Kuro Takhasomi (aka KuroKy). From now on, the community can help decide the winner. Online voting is open until March 27, 2022 here.

The new category "Best Live Game" will also be exciting. Here games are awarded, which already inspire a large community over many years and which have developed particularly positively in the past year. Nominated are Anno 1800, Hunt: Showdown and Tropico 6.

Die Nominierten 2022 im Überblick:

Best German Game

(endowed with 100,000 euros for the winning game and 30.000 Euro for the two other nominees)

  • Chorus (Deep Silver FISHLABS / Koch Media)
  • Endzone - A World Apart (Gentlymad Studios / Assemble Entertainment)
  • Lacuna (DigiTales Interactive / Assemble Entertainment)

Best Family Game

(endowed with 40.000 Euro)

  • Cat Q - A Quantum Adventure (kamibox)
  • OMNO (Studio Inkyfox)
  • Witchtastic (Flemming Visual Effects / Application Systems Heidelberg Software)

Young Talent Award - Best Debut

(endowed with 60.000 Euro for the best debut game and 25.000 Euro for the two other nominees)

  • A Juggler "s Tale (kaleidoscube / Mixtvision Mediengesellschaft)
  • Cleo - a pirate "s tale (Greycap Audiovisual Mediadesign)
  • White Shadows (Monocle / Headup Games)

Young Talent Award - Best Prototype

(endowed with 50.000 euros for the best prototype and 25.000 euros for the four other nominees)

  • Delightfyl (Felicitas Brämer)
  • Makis Adventure (Mateo Covic, Eric Hartmann / Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences)
  • Skuggor (Tobias Borns, Sebastian Krause, Julia Wolf / Trier University of Applied Sciences)
  • Wiblu (Peter Bartonik, Christian Walter, Ramona Raabe)
  • Words (Ahmet Zahit Dönmez / TH Köln - Cologne Game Lab)

Best Innovation and Technology

(endowed with 40.000 Euro)

  • The Fall - Race against Time (MixUp)
  • VR Skater (DEFICIT Games)
  • Warpdrive (Holocafe)

Best Game World and Aesthetics

(endowed with 40.000 Euro)

  • A Juggler "s Tale (kaleidoscube / Mixtvision Mediengesellschaft)
  • ITORAH (Grimbart Tales / Assemble Entertainment)
  • OMNO (Studio Inkyfox)

Best Game Design

(endowed with 40.000 Euro)

  • Get Together: A Coop Adventure (Studio Sterneck)
  • Kraken Academy!!! (Happy Broccoli Games / Fellow Traveller)
  • OMNO (Studio Inkyfox)

Best Serious Game

(endowed with 40,000 euros)

  • EZRA (Landesverband Kinder- und Jugendfilm Berlin e.V.)
  • NEPO Missions (Gentle Troll Entertainment / Fraunhofer Institute IAIS)
  • Songs of Cultures - (A.MUSE - Interactive Design Studio)

Best Mobile Game

(endowed with 40.000 Euro)

  • Albion Online (Sandbox Interactive)
  • Homeworld Online (Stratosphere Games / Gearbox Publishing)
  • Settle and Battle (Attic Games Studio)

Best Expert Game

(endowed with 40.000 Euro)

  • ELEX II (Piranha Bytes / THQ Nordic)
  • Imagine Earth (Serious Brothers)
  • Kubifaktorium (Neomateria Games)

Best Live Game

(endowed with 40.000 Euro)

  • Anno 1800 (Ubisoft Mainz / Ubisoft)
  • Hunt: Showdown (Crytek / Koch Media)
  • Tropico 6 (Kalypso Media Group / Kalypso Media Group)

Best International Game


  • Elden Ring (From Software / Bandai Namco Entertainment Germany)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (SIE Guerilla / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios / Electronic Arts)

Best International Multiplayer-Game


  • Age of Empires IV (Relic Entertainment / Microsoft Germany)
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games / Microsoft Germany)
  • It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios / Electronic Arts)

Gamer of the Year


  • Melanie Eilert (aka melly_maeh)
  • Maximilian Knabe (aka HandOfBlood)
  • Matthias Remmert (aka Knochen)
  • Pia Scholz (aka Shurjoka)
  • Kuro Takhasomi (aka KuroKy)

Studio of the Year

(endowed with 50.000 Euro)

  • CipSoft (Regensburg)
  • Paintbucket Games (Berlin)
  • Wooga (Berlin)

Special Jury Award

(endowed with 10,000 Euro)

No nominations. Possible winners will be announced on March 31, 2022.

How the jury works:

The award winners are determined in a multi-stage process. First, the expert juries deliberate on the nominations in the various categories. Then the main jury selects the winners from the nominees. The selection criteria for the best games of the year are aspects such as quality, innovative content, fun to play, or cultural and educational appeal. The diverse jury is made up of experts from various areas of the games industry and beyond - from business and science to culture, media and politics. The full list of jury members is available here.

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