About 15 out of almost 100 submissions mastered the first hurdle; they made the leap to the shortlist of the European Innovative Games Award (E.I.G.A.) 2014. Now, the three finalists for the award, which is endowed with 10,000 Euros and awarded on 30 June in Frankfurt am Main are set.

Three weeks before the celebratory ceremony on 30 June, the jury announced the three finalists. Crytek for the PC-version of “Ryse: Son of Rome”, Ludinc for “Professor S.” (both: Germany) and Game Oven (from the Netherlands) for “Bounden” are still in the race for the award, which is endowed with 10,000 Euros by the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development. The organizer expects about 300 guests, among them Tarek Al-Wazir, the Hessian Minister of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development and Deputy Mayor Markus Frank, City of Frankfurt.

Up to the passing of the submission-deadline on 31 March, 85 game-developers, publishers and young professionals from 15 member-states of the EU competed with 93 titles for the award which was started in 2008 by the Frankfurt Economic Development GmbH, the industry association gamearea-FRM and the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development in cooperation with the European Commission. Then came the time of the jury, which is consists of well-known industry-representatives such as Silja Gülicher, Hendrik Lesser, Thorsten Unger or Sebastian Weber: First, they determined 15 candidates for the shortlist. Among those are Investigate North (Denmark) for “Cloud Chamber”, Ocelot Society (France) for “Event [0]”, Vivid Games (Poland) for “Godfire?: Rise of Prometheus”, SaintandSimon (Sweden) for “A Song for Viggo” and the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (Germany) for “FIVE MINUTES”. In the end, Crytek with the PC-version of “Ryse: Son of Rome” (Germany), Ludinc with “Professor S.” (Germany) as well as Game Oven from the Netherlands with “Bounden” made it into the final round. The three companies need to be patient until 30 June. The prize will be awarded on site of the European Innovative Games Award ceremony, which takes place during the opening of the exhibition Film & Games. Interactions. at the Deutsches Filmmuseum in Frankfurt, Germany. Host of the ceremony will be journalist and EI.G.A.-juror Andreas Garbe.

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