THREE nominations at the "German Games Award"!

THREE nominations at the "German Games Award"!


Giebelstadt, March 30, 2020: Let's have a virtual "cheers" together. The nominees for the German Computer Game Award 2020 (DCP Website) have been determined after 40 experts from the main jury conferred via video call. The jury determined the winners and nominees from a pool of 315 submissions.

And now it's official! We are represented in the final round of 3 categories:

  • Best German Game
  • Best Serious Game
  • Best Family Game
"We know that this award is one of the most important in the German games industry and we are really proud of our team and our developers for having achieved this tremendous success. A big thanks to the jury that we are represented in the final selection for this renowned award! ​ We can hardly believe that we are nominated in 3 categories with "Through the Darkest of Times" from our developer Paintbucket Games! Of course, we are happy and honored that this fantastic and sociopolitically relevant title is getting the attention it deserves." (HandyGames)

Besides being thankful, we would also like to use this message to congratulate our dear colleagues for their nominations! We are all part of a strong and ever-growing industry. Every nominee deserves this award and we're excited to see how the results will go. Good luck to all of you!

"We are thrilled to be nominated three times at the DCP with Through the Darkest of Times! It shows that games with new and serious topics can also be widely recognized." (Paintbucket Games)
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About Through the Darkest of Times:

Through the Darkest of Times is a historical resistance strategy game. The game’s focus lies on conveying the grim mood of the period and the very real struggles of average people living in the 3rd Reich. Historical accuracy means that a small group of resistance fighters will not change the outcome of the war, nor will they prevent all of the Nazi’s atrocities, but they will certainly do everything in their power to save as many lives as they can and inhibit the fascist system whenever possible.

Through the Darkest of Times is developed by Berlin-based Studio Paintbucket Games and is published by HandyGames, a THQ Nordic family member. The game was released on January 30th, 2020 for PC and MAC.

Get it on Steam here!

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About Paintbucket Games:
Paintbucket Games was founded by two ex-AAA developers, Jörg Friedrich and Sebastian St. Schulz, to be able to make more relevant games. They met at YAGER, while making Spec Ops: The Line, and also worked together on Dead Island 2, Dreadnought, Albion Online, Drakensang, Yager (the game), Desperados 2 and others. Both have been making games for more than 14 years and have worked 10 of those years together. Since 2018, they are being published by HandyGames and the size of the TTDOT team has since increased in size.

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About HandyGames

HandyGames™ is a THQ Nordic Company and part of the Embracer Group Family. We operate as an international indie game and premium mobile game publisher and developer for a global community of gamers.

Games are our passion. Since our founding at the turn of the millennium, we have been steadily evolving our company and portfolio to publish and produce award-winning titles for cutting-edge consoles, PC, and VR, as well as premium mobile games from great teams around the world.

We are proud of our ever-growing and colorful portfolio - from hilarious games for the whole family to deep and sometimes dark topics presented in an interactive format. Games are and always will be entertainment media, but we firmly believe they are capable of much more.

HandyGames is at home in beautiful Giebelstadt in Northern Bavaria, close to the Franconian university and city of Würzburg and a proud part of the German and European gaming scene. Always on track towards lasting growth, we have significantly expanded our office space to create room for up to 120 colleagues and look forward to continuing to successfully shape the future of the international games industry as a sustainable employer.

As a team, we stand united against any form of discrimination. Regardless of sexual, cultural, or ethnic identity, we try to ensure that everyone feels welcome at HandyGames. It is very important to us to help new colleagues who move to our beautiful Franconian home to find like-minded interest groups, even outside their work environment.
No matter who you are, you're part of the family and we got your back.


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