The PLAY - Creative Gaming Festival invites you from November 4–8, 2020 to discover, measure and cross the boundaries of digital games under the motto "Exploring Borders". Where does a game end, where does the real world begin? We go in search of invisible dividing lines, obstacles and limitations that we encounter in games and ask: Which boundaries are unavoidable for digital games, which ones should finally be abolished? This is what PLAY20 wants to find out together!

This year’s PLAY - Creative Gaming Festival takes place in a completely new form. As always, PLAY20 will focus on participating, trying out, discussing, programming, discovering and of course playing.

You will find out more about this year's programme in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!


The Creative Gaming Awards are granted annually during the PLAY – Creative Gaming Festival. Honoring video games, playful media, and media art, the Creative Gaming Awards are made up of two categories - The Most Creative Game Award and the Most Inovative Newcomer Award. Indie game developers from all over Europe can submit their projects. Hardware games and media art are also strongly welcome!


PLAY is the first an only festival worldwide to unite media art, discourse and education with the culture of digital games. It focuses on the creative utilization of digital games: invent, build, tinker, modify, program, dance, discuss - anything goes!

PLAY is the festival for game enthusiasts and gamers, indie game developers and media artists, pupils and students, teachers and educators, scientists, people involved in the games industry and everyone, who wishes to play and learn with digital games.

PLAY - Creative Gaming Festival is around since twelve years. Have a look at the last five festivals:

PLAY20 – Creative Gaming Festival is an event produced by the Initiative Creative Gaming e. V. and jaf – Verein für medienpädagogische Praxis Hamburg e. V. in cooperation with, the platform of the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb on the Subject of Computer Games, Behörde für Schule und Berufsbildung Hamburg and JIZ – Jugendinformationszentrum Hamburg (BSB).

Supported by the BürgerStiftung Hamburg and gamecity:Hamburg

In cooperation with the FUNDUS THEATER