Witty gamescom Competition Winners Visit InnoGames

What would gamescom be without its competitions, events and giveaways? It’s obvious that Europe’s largest interactive games tradeshow draws crowds of people for many reasons – with giveaways and prizes being one driving force. Therefore, we set out to engage our guests in other ways from our gamejam. As a parallel event, we ran a competition that challenged our visitors’ minds, informed them and rewarded them heavily. Read more →

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InnoGames Hosts Hamburg Webmontag

An important characteristic that defines a responsible and young company is their possession of a helpful mindset. These companies understand and are willing to help other startups and individuals in the field. Contrary to past opinions, most growing companies want to help each other out; they don’t believe in the idea of “paying it forward”. This is something that resonates with us as a company and fortunately we aren’t the only ones. There are many organizations that support this ideology by providing information and seminars on different fields for those that are interested. This is why we are hosting the upcoming Webmontag Hamburg.

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Expanding our Horizons: InnoGames Announces New Development Studio

Hendrik_KlindworthOver the past year we have switched our focus from browser-only games to cross platform titles.  We’ve worked hard to try to implement this new approach to all our games and have been pleased by the positive reception of this move. People are hungrier than ever to have access to their account from any location and on any device. Adding to this hunger is the fact that people are more mobile than ever and have an increased amount of gadgets. We knew that we needed to do something new in order to fulfill our player’s demands based on these trends. Read more →

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If Artists took on Unicorns

From September 17 to 21 our Art Department had the pleasure of attending a fantastic event: the “Trojan Horse was a Unicorn” – Convention.
For all those who are puzzled by the admittedly oblique name: the convention is a meeting place for artists from all over the world to gather, share knowledge and latest techniques,
network and so on. It’s a way for the art sector to keep up on the cutting edge trends and news in games.1962319_364491883706469_9016404492423417686_o

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Looking Into Maps, by Nurdogan Erdem

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The technique of generating maps out of repeating tiles is a fundamental and basic technique still used in the development of videogames. The technique, also known as tile-based maps, established itself during a time where main memory was scarce but it is still popular today. Whether it is through retro games like Super Mario, or applications such as Google Maps, the operation remains the same. Larger maps are built from individual graphic tiles with a Tile-based Map. The individual tiles define the graphic levels in games like Super Mario for example, where the character can prance around. The simplest type of map is the orthogonal map in which you look at the scene from above or from the side. Slightly more intricate maps are isometric and hexagonal ones. The last two are only one screen large and are easier to implement. Since maps are bigger and therefore need to be moved, scrolling needs to be done, where you move the map in one or more directions. Read more →

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Kununu Ranks InnoGames as Best Game-Industry Employer in Hamburg

With 155 companies representing the gaming sector in Hamburg, we were pleasantly surprised to be ranked best employer in our industry. On Wednesday, September 17 the online portal Kununu, which is used to rate employers, released their list of top companies-to-work-for in Hamburg. Although the list is composed of various companies representing different fields, InnoGames still came in second place overall – followed by companies like google Germany and Bacardi. This means that InnoGames was the only game company in the top 10.

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InnoGames Hosts Second Workshop for InnoHub

In the dynamic lifespan of a startup, many intriguing questions arise- from the mundane to the complex. Yet, amongst one of the most esoteric ones (for startups and people in general) is the difference between Public Relations and Marketing. Although people are aware that their company needs good public relations practices in order to thrive, most don’t know what the field consists of. This is why, InnoGames decided to focus their second workshop on public relations.

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A Look Behind a Community Managers’ Meeting

A few days ago, a few crazy people arrived in Hamburg on planes, boats, trains or on their own two feet for the Community Managers meeting of The West and Tribal Wars. While the whole event only took place for four days it was enough time to rack up countless stories.

It all started with one question: “Are you ignoring me?” There I was, thinking about skipping this incredible affair when Domi messaged me. That brief interaction was all I needed to make a last minute decision; I was going to Hamburg. Keep in mind that this happened 8 hours before I had to leave… without any reservations and on the same day of Metallica concert! Luckily for me, I was promised a place to stay; somewhere under a bridge with some working-girls… the sad part was that it was just a promise — so I am adding it to my “next things to-do on my next trip to Hamburg” list, right bellow “visit the Apple store”.

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