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In the online stream, the virtual PLAYvalley and at this year's festival site JUPITER (Mönckebergstraße 2/4, formerly Karstadt Sport), there will be a diverse program on the 2nd floor, including workshops, hands-on activities, lectures and shows, as well as an exhibition of creative and innovative indie games. PLAY22's opening, including a guided tour through this year's exhibition, is on October 31 at 12 pm.

Workshops, trainings & Creative Gaming Studio

On October 31, visitors can enjoy the impressive view from the roof of the JUPITER and participate in Streetgame-Workshops. From November 01 - 04, a total of 12 workshops for schools will take place.

The festival Saturday starts with several events: From 10-12 am, there will be the training "Take a Breath –  Use Your Voice: Protest(ing) in Digital Games" for teachers and multipliers, and from 12-14 pm, anyone interested can take part in the "In-Game Photography" workshop. The htk academy and HAW Hamburg host an open garage from 10 am to 5 pm. The Creative Gaming Studio will be open at the same time and will be offer hands-on stations where visitors can, for example, design their own game controllers. On Sunday, November 6, the Creative Gaming Studio will also be open from 12 to 5 pm.

Registration at:
Any remaining places will be filled on site at short notice.

Taking part in the Creative Gaming Studio and the open workshop is possible without prior registration.

Home visits (Hausbesuche)

This year, we will once again have the opportunity to visit people from different areas of the gaming and streaming world and gain insights into their work. The digital home visits will take place from 01 - 05 November at 11 am each day.

Speakers‘ Corner

The Speakers' Corner is our stage for everyone: From November 1 - 4, at 2 pm, the game ideas developed in the school and festival workshops will be presented here. In addition, anyone who wants to talk about games can sign up for a slot on November 1 - 3 and November 6.
Apply for a slot here..

Shows & Interactions

For those looking for a challenge, the Hybrid Challenges on October 31 are the place to be. Here, festival attendees will compete against people online in multiplayer games on site. As a suitable Halloween event, a horror game evening will be held on the festival site from 7 - 9 pm on October 31. The following evenings will be more relaxed with "Walk With Me": From 01 - 03 November, at 7 pm each evening, we will take walks together in video games and talk about experiences, stories and visions. On the last day of the festival at 3 pm., there will be an interactive show in which the usual rules of pen & paper will be broken: JengaRPG.

Friday evening we welcome OddNina and Alistair Aitcheson on stage, who invite to be part of a live game design show, at "THE ULTIMATE TOURNAMENT". Creativity and playfulness continue on Saturday: Alistair Aitcheson calls on the audience to participate in his Show "The Crowd-Controlled Creativity Show!" from 4 - 5 pm. If you want to get your mind and body in sync beforehand, try GTA Yoga at 3 pm! The Awards Show (November 05, 8pm) will once again be a highlight of the festival. Before the ceremony, there will be a Live Let’s Play with this year’s nominees. At the Finissage on Sunday at 5 p.m. we will take a look back at the festival week and wrap up PLAY22 together.


PLAY22 – Creative Gaming Festival is an event produced by the Initiative Creative Gaming e. V. and jaf – Verein für medienpädagogische Praxis Hamburg e. V.

Funded by Projektfonds Medien und Bildung Hamburg, der BürgerStiftung Hamburg, Gamecity Hamburg and JIZ - Jugendinformationszentrum Hamburg der BSB

Supported by the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, dem Fonds für kreative Zwischennutzung von der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg und der Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft, der htk academy, KUTI-Spiele, DOMO Camp, Fundus Theatre and Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg

Sponsored by siebold/hamburg messebau GmbH, BettaF!sh, Fritz Kola

Mediapartnership Polaris

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