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Hamburg, Germany - December 8th, 2011 – Despite the tough competition in form of distinguished studios such as Chimera Entertainment, Crenetic, Deck13, Blue Byte and Crytek, Fishlabs Entertainment prevailed in the “Best Studio 2011” category at the renowned German Developers Award 2011, which took place at the Altes Kesselhaus in Duesseldorf on Wednesday, December 7 th 2011.
In the laudation, the Hamburg-based developer was particularly praised for its consequent focus on high quality 3D mobile games, which enabled Fishlabs to establish itself as one of Germany’s most popular games studios on a national and international level. Fishlabs’ most successful and well-known IP is the sci-fi shooter Galaxy on Fire 2™, which was originally released in October 2010 and has been highly praised by the respective media ever since. The game, which tells the adventurous story of the reckless space war veteran Keith T. Maxwell, is considered a reference title of the genre and not only available for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, but also for Mac and Android.
In his acceptance speech, Fishlabs CEO Michael Schade expressed his sincere gratitude not only to the whole Fishlabs team but also to the late Steve Jobs: “We are extremely happy to receive this award and I would first and foremost like to thank our whole team not only for the development of truly outstanding mobile games, but also for sticking with us in good times and bad times alike. But there is also another man without whom we would not be where we are today: Steve Jobs. He created a revolutionary gaming platform, whose enormous flexibility and broad reach are absolutely unrivalled and whose importance for a studio like us can hardly be overestimated. Thank you!”
The German Developer Award is the most renowned award in the German games industry and an integral part of the cultural capital RUHR.2010. The award’s conceptual partner is the G.A.M.E. Association of Video Game Developers e.V. and it is handed out by the academy and the jury of the German Developers Award, as well as the audience. Crucial criteria for the bestowal of the German Developers Award, which has originally been established in 2004, are, among others, new game designs, technical innovations and superior qualities in terms of gameplay and production design.