From February 7-9 the Casual Connect conference took place in Berlin, opening its doors to representatives of the gaming industry from all over the globe.

Casual Connect BerlinUnlike before this year’s Casual Connect Europe did not take place in Amsterdam but in Berlin’s STATION, from February 7-9, bringing together developers, publishers and all those who work in or around the gaming industry, giving newcomers and veterans alike the chance to get in touch, build a network, attend numerous talks and panels or try out some of the more than 120 showcased indie games.

Casual Connect BerlinThe conference’s highlight was the award of the Indie Prize on Wednesday 9th. The Indie Prize is a scholarship program by the Casual Connect Association, and this year’s event – with 470 submitted games from 63 different countries – the biggest so far. Ten winners were chosen from 130 finalists, with all judges being veterans from the gaming industry representing the companies Yodo1Games, Rovio, Zeptolab, Unity Technologies, RJ Games, Game Founders, Tenjin, Eye For Games,, Demiforce, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe, Stugan, ExitGames, I Teut You So, Affiniti Ventures|AV(M) & IPC, Big Boat Interactive, and many more.

Indie Prize Winners 2017

Casual Connect Berlin

These were the winners of this year’s Indie Prize awards:

Best Game Design: Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, ​by Mimimi Productions (Germany)
Best VR Game​: Anshar Wars 2, ​by Ozwe Games (Switzerland)
Most Innovative Game: FRU, ​by Through Games (Netherlands)
Best Game Audio: Blink and Die, ​by Sureksu (Argentinia)
Best Game Art: Figment, ​by Bedtime Digital Games (Denmark)
Best Game Narrative: Empathy, by Pixel Night (Sweden)
Best Multiplayer Game: Lightfield, ​by Lost in the Garden (Austria)
Best Kids and Family Game: Blink and Die, ​by Suresku (Argentinia)
Best Mobile Game: Super Pet Hero, ​by Amused Sloth (Romania)
Best in Show ​- Audience Choice -: CoverFire, by 1MBand (Spain)

Casual Connect – Next Events in 2017

Launched in 2005, Casual Connect is hosted by Casual Games Association, bringing together the most talented and knowledgeable experts in the gaming field to further the industry with the best learning and networking opportunities for gaming professionals. In addition to Casual Connect Europe 2017, CGA will host Casual Connect Asia on May 16-18, 2017, marking Casual Connect’s 40th show, followed by Casual Connect USA on August 1-3. For more information visit