The Baltic Sea Games Award has been established to promote the game industries of the Baltic Sea Region, strengthening their ecosystems and encouraging talent and start-up growth.
The award took two perspectives: creative quality and business potential. An online jury of game experts chose the winners in the four categories “Best Game Design”, “Best Game Art”, “Best Game Audio” and “Best Game Narrative” – evaluating the creative quality angle.
The four winners became the finalists in the second phase for the Baltic Sea Games Award ceremony, a live pitch event with a group of distinguished investors / publishers as jurors, which will took place at GameOn, 16 November 2019.
In addition to the jurors, the public had a say: an online community vote prior to the event and a live audience vote both had a stake in the final scoring. The best out of the four finalists after their pitching rounds, received the title “Best Start-up Game 2019”.
Best Start-up Game 2019
“Weakless” by Punk Notion
The 4 Winners / Finalists
Best Game Design
Area 86 is a physics-based escape room puzzle game. Control your robot in an interactive environment. Find, pick, throw, activate & destroy items to escape.
Best Game Art
Weakless is a beautiful, puzzle-adventure game with stunning organic environments, filled with curious life forms and a bioluminescent glow. Play as two Weavelings – carefree, wooden creatures – one of which is deaf, the other blind. Switch between the two, solve unique puzzles and save their world!
Best Game Audio
Hexagroove combines elements of strategy, rhythm, and action games in a unique blend of self-expression. Your goal as a DJ is to combine musical loops in real time to regulate a virtual audience’s energy, working them into a state of euphoria with your artistic skills. The action swings from contemplative to frantic as you move between song sections in one of ten dance music genres. Over time you’ll unlock new musical loops, DJ tricks, and club venues to play in. Perform together with up to three friends in your room or on the dance floor with this truly creative title.
Best Game Narrative
Wanderlust Travel Stories
You take the role of various modern travellers, live their adventures and shape their stories. Relish in discovery and awe, longing and hope as you journey from Africa to Antarctica, from Europe to Asia. The change brought by this odyssey will be your own.
We aimed at creating something different. A bridge between literary experiences and gaming. A title that is meant to be taken in, experienced and felt. Perfect when you’re traveling — or wishing you were.
Bio: Juha has worked as game programmer, lead game designer, head studio, head of incubator, lecturor, entrepreneur, mentor and game education designer and general manager.
Company Info: Playstack provides publishing and funding services
Bio: Engineer and entrepreneur. Product guy. Sold his previous startup Filmaster to Samba TV in 2015 to build the company’s thriving European business. Co-founded Reaktor Warsaw, ReaktorX accelerator and Startup Poland foundation. Mentors at Google For Startups, Huge Thing, Founder Institute.
Company: SMOK Ventures
Company Info: We are a Polish/American venture capital fund investing 100k-1M USD in early stage startups in Poland. Our primary focus is gaming, AR / VR, Artificial Intelligence, marketing tech and fintech.
Bio: Stefan is a veteran when it comes to entrepreneurship and investments, with twenty years of experiences from building, investing and exiting startups. He’s currently on the board of several game developers, for example, Fatshark, which is one of ten active investments in game developers and the ecosystem around games.
Company: Red Dawn Ventures
Company Info: Personal Investment Vehicle