For the fifth time, the red carpet was prepared for the European games industry on 30. June 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany: At the opening-ceremony of the exhibition ‘Films & Games. Interactions.’ in the German Film Museum, the most outstanding innovative achievement of 2014 was honored in the early evening hours with the European Innovative Games Award (E.I.G.A.). The award, which is endowed with 10,000 Euro by the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development, went to “Bounden” from the Dutch studio Game Oven. Also nominated were “Ryse: Son of Rome” (Crytek) and “Professor S.” (Ludinc).
All in all, 93 titles from 15 countries made a bid for the E.I.G.A., which is awarded EU-wide since 2008. Prominent members of the industry such as Bernd Fakesch (Nintendo), Avni Yerli (Crytek), André Bernhardt (Target Games) and Prof. Bernd Kracke (University of Art and Design) took part in the celebratory award-ceremony of the E.I.G.A. 2014. The Hessian Minister of Economics Tarek Al-Wazir, the Director of the German Filmmuseum Claudia Dillmann as well as Markus Frank, the Deputy Mayor Frankfurt addressed the audience; Maciej Szymanowicz spoke in the name of the European Commission. The laudation was held by Dr. Florian Stadlbauer, jury member and chairman of the board of the game industry association gamearea-FRM.