FAQ for Developers

FAQ for Developers

Why should I pay 100 Euros for the Dev Booster?
There are many reasons. You get in touch with senior experts of the industry. You get valuable feedback on your Steam page, your Kickstarter pitch or your game presentation. You might find the publisher or distributor of your dreams. Because you love what you do, but want to actually earn money with it. Because you love us and we love you back.
Is there a way to not pay 100 Euros?
Indeed, there is. Just ask your local network, event or association to become a partner of the event, and we will send them a 100% discount for sharing. As sharing is caring.
Who will be the jurors?
We will be announcing all jurors over the next few weeks, but they are a mix of industry seniors both on the development and publishing side, experts on communication and marketing, and financial advisors. Keep an eye on www.gamesweekdigital.com and our social media channels for more information.
I don’t want to share numbers publicly. Do you share my numbers if I attend?
No, we won’t. The rules are simple: first you need to qualify to be eligible for being visible. Qualification period is only visible to our team, mentors, experts and judges. Here you need to share numbers to succeed. Only if you surpass this phase, we put you out of private mode and start promoting you and your game. Here it’s all about the team, the game, and the marketing activities. Not the numbers.
I don’t understand the concept of the event. What’s your elevator pitch?
Think of X-Factor, Shark Tank, and MeetToMatch in one online game dev competition. Only without controversial celebrities, attention seekers and fame chasers who will run you down in the jury sessions, but instead with nice people from the games industry. We have a B2B qualification round where the top 8 are selected, followed by a public B2C final round. 
Hm, that’s okay, I guess. But what does that mean? Talk platforms!
You apply using Eventbrite. You add data for our team to select and check on qualification using Google Forms. You present to the experts and mentors using Google Hangouts. We will add Streams to the other developers and experts using Crowdcast (or a similar closed streaming service). We will arrange your business, feedback and mentorship meetings through MeetToMatch. We will stream the finals on Twitch (or a similar open streaming service). 
Ah. Got it. So when is what happening?
Basically the first ¾ of the event takes place in closed environments online. Starting April 29 with the call for applications, and ending June 26 with the public stream.  
But what is the exact timeline?
The main dates you should mark in your calendar now are the following:
June 8th
The final deadline for all applicants. Please make sure you have submitted all required assets by this date.
June 12th
The day we will announce the games that will make it into the first round of the competition.
June 15th – 16th
This is when the fun begins! You will be pitching your game in a closed session to a panel of experts. After the jury has seen all the pitches, it will decide who meets the requirements for advancing to the next round. You will get detailed feedback about your pitch regardless if you make the cut or not.
June 17th – 19th
The next day are all about improving your chances of being the winner in the end. Using the MeetToMatch Planner you can schedule intensive 1:1 consultancy and mentorship sessions on game design, business and marketing with members of the expert panel.
June 24th  
You will do your first pitch to our esteemed jurors. Using all the feedback you got from our experts in the first round, you can now pitch to the jury who will decide the winner in the end. But not only that, investors, publishers and media will also be present at this B2B pitch session. If you do well here, you will get some invaluable contacts. The jury will also give you detailed feedback on your pitch to help you before the final.
June 26th
The big day! The Grand Finale. All finalists will be able to present their game to gamers around the globe. Promote your kickstarter, get those Steam pre-orders, build a worldwide fanbase. And at the end of the evening our winner will be crowned, taking away the amazing prizes. Laurels and Champagne are in order!
Is my game suitable for the Dev Booster?
What a  difficult question! Like every developer, every game is unique.
By June 2020 your game must be in one of the following phases: 
  • In the first three (3) weeks of a launch sale

  • Publicly available as Early Access

  • On a store page available to wish-list or pre-order

  • On a crowdfunding page available to subscribe to

  • In an active crowdfunding campaign

Are you still unsure? Then simply contact our Application Manager Daniel via daniel@booster-space.com and he’ll answer all your questions. Also remember it is completely free to apply!

FAQ for Fans and Gamers

What do you mean with Dev Booster? Why should I bother about unfinished games?
Get in early! Know about the cool next thing before anyone else does! Stun your friends and family with your expertise! No, but seriously, getting in on the ground level of a gaming project is cool as s**t. And more importantly you can support up and coming developers.
Do I have to register to see the show?
No, the final round is streamed on Twitch here: https://www.twitch.tv/gamesweekberlin/ on June 26th, 2020. So get your popcorn ready.
Can I donate to the devs and projects?
Well, thanks for asking! But most importantly: like, sub or share the game page of the applicants and buy the game directly from the stores. But hell yeah! We have this eventbrite shop open for donations: https://www.eventbrite.de/e/gamesweekdigital-dev-booster-phase-1-tickets-103717782680
What happens to the prize money pool?
We have to cover 20% of the costs for platform fees, administration and banking. All the rest goes into the pot we hand out to the finalists!

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