A game may only be submitted once for the Deutscher Computerspielpreis. For the category Best Live Game games can be submitted repeatedly unless they were already nominated in the previous year (Note: Since the category is new for this year’s award, this rule will not take effect until DCP 2023).
In principle, platform ports are exempt from being submitted a second time. Exceptions can be accepted by the award office, if the port offers aspects of gameplay, depiction, controls and/or game experience that merit re-assessment by the jury.
Add-ons / Downloadable Contents (DLC), which extend the action and/or equipment possibilities of a game more than only insignificantly, may be submitted.
The submission of a game in several categories is permitted.
The submission must be received in complete by the award office by January 17th, 2022. If copies and/or documents are sent by post, the postmark will be valid. Late submissions can be accepted by the award office only as an exception after prior consultation.
Only natural and legal persons who are entitled to the rights of use required for submission are entitled to submit entries. The submission and the procedure are carried out in German or English.
Digital games that have been released or will be released after the end of the submission phase of the previous award period and no later than the day of the award ceremony of this year’s award can be submitted. For clarification: the release date of the game must be between January 29th, 2021 (except games submitted to Best Live Game) and March 31st, 2022.
Games in Early Access or Open Beta Phase can be submitted as well. Accordingly, they are exempt from later re-submission (this does not apply to Best Live Game). It is up to the submitting party to decide at which development stage to submit their game(s).
If a game has not been completed until the relevant jury meeting, it must be in a sufficiently playable and assessable condition at that time. This will be assessed by the award office. If the submitted title is not sufficiently suitable for assessment, the award office will seek an advisory discussion with the submitters and, if necessary, postpone the game by mutual agreement for the following award period (DCP 2023) if no technically satisfactory solution can be found. In addition, the expert jury is free to defer a title that has not yet been sufficiently completed for evaluation to a possible submission in the following award period. The title is therefore deemed not to have been submitted, so that the ban on multiple submissions does not apply in this case.
The submission is made using a tool available online at deutscher-computerspielpreis.de. Submitters first set up a user account. In a second step, a series of information and assets about the game are queried, which can be made available directly online.
A submission must be justified in each case to facilitate a comprehensible selection process. The
reasons should refer to the category definition (deutscher-computerspielpreis.de/der-preis/kategorien/).
In the category “Best Innovation and Technology”, in addition to games, other innovations and technologies can be submitted, provided the innovation originates in Germany and is related to computer games. In these cases, it is mandatory to contact the award office to discuss the details of the submission. For submissions in this category, the concrete innovation or technology must be described in all submissions to be considered by the jury.
The submission of games is free of charge. The award office must be provided with eight copies of the submitted game per category per game. These are required for the following purposes:
● One copy for technical review,
● One copy for content review,
● Four copies for expert jurors in the category,
● One copy for presentation at the jury meeting and
● One copy for the archive of Deutscher Computerspielpreis at the International Computer Game Collection.
Games are judged by a jury of four experts. Up to three games per category are nominated, i.e. they are proposed to the main jury for an award.
If a game is nominated, additional copies may be required for the main jury. The award office will contact the submitters of nominated games and request additional copies and/or codes. If the additionally requested copies are not made available in time for the main jury, the game may not win.
At the end of the submission process, the submitter(s) must generate a PDF with the affidavit (see “Affidavit”). This must be signed and sent to the award office by post or e-mail or uploaded via the submission tool by the closing date January 17th, 2022. After submission, the affidavit can also be created again in the profile under “My submissions” for all submitted games.
Attention: If the affidavit is missing, the submission is incomplete and cannot be considered. Questions regarding the affidavit should be directed to the award office via mail or telephone.