SAGA 2024

We’re proud to announce that this year the 7th edition of our StyriAn Games AwardsSAGA – with a total value of 1.500 € will be awarded!

Have a look at the previous years: 2023, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

Here are the details:

** Grand Prize **
* Local Star Award *
* Audience Choice Award *

The StyriAn Games AwardsSAGA – give local indie game developers the opportunity to present their games and be rewarded. From all submissions, there will be six named finalists selected by a jury, that will be presenting their games at this years button Festival.


February 18, Submission Deadline
March 09, Award Ceremony @ button Festival


  • 2DKiri | Austria | Twitch-Streamerin
  • Alexey Izvalov | Ukraine | Airapport and Global Game Jam Ukraine
  • jessirocks | Austria | Twitch-Stream
  • Yvonne “MissMadHat” Scheer | Austria | ESVÖ vice president
  • Nadine Denk | Austria | University of Krems
  • Marlies Burnnhofer | Austria | esports pro & psychologist


To be announced

Sponsored by:

Science Park

Does your innovative business idea have what it takes to convince a top-notch jury and win a share of a total prize of 12,000 €? 🚀 Be part of the Start-up Idea Competition 🏆 powered by Science Park Graz! Because your ideas matter!

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Deadline ⏳: 28th February 2024


SAGA 2024 – Registration

Award Categories

  • Grand Prize
    • Voted by a jury
    • Games from Austria
    • Endowed with 1.000 €
  • Local Star Award powered by Fachgruppe UBIT Steiermark
    • Voted by a jury
    • Games from Styria
    • Endowed with 300 €
  • Audience Choice Award
    • Voted by the visitors of the button Festival, where the games are exhibited.
    • Games from Austria
    • Endowed with 200 €


  • The applicants assure that the submitted game has been developed primarily in Austria. GameDevGraz is authorized to conduct a plausibility check for this purpose.
  • For the Local Star Award, the applicants assure that the submitted game has been developed primarily in Styria. GameDevGraz is authorized to conduct a plausibility check for this purpose.
  • Games and prototypes can be submitted as long as they are in a playable state.
  • A game can only be submitted for the SAGA if it has not become a Finalist in previous years.
  • Submission of a game in multiple categories is allowed.
  • To be eligible for a prize, it is mandatory to exhibit the game at the button Festival 2024 and participate in the award ceremony there.
    All applicants, whose games become Finalist will be provided a booth at the button Festival, free of charge.
  • Only natural and legal persons who have the necessary usage rights for submission are eligible. The submission and the process are conducted in English.
  • Digital games that have been or will be released after the end of the submission phase of the previous award period and no later than the last day of the year can be submitted.
    To clarify: The (expected) release date of the game must be between January 1, 2023, and December 31, 2024.

Registration – Deadline: 18.02.2024

Upcoming Event – GameDevGraz @ button Festival 2024

Upcoming Event – GameDevGraz @ button Festival 2024

08. – 09. March 2024 :: Messe Graz

On 08 – 09.03.2024, the button Festival will return to Graz for 2 days of gaming culture.

This year with Game Dev Graz will organize some subevents and programme points:

  • Meet’n’Play :: Local Game and Indie Game Exhibitions – Talk to Local Developers
  • SAGA :: This years Styrian Games Awards will be presented at button Festival!

StyriAn Games Awards 2024



  • 16:00 – 02:00 Meet’n’Play – Play local games!


  • 11:00 – 18:00 Meet’n’ Play – Play local games!
  • 17:00 SAGA – Award Ceremony – Main Stage 


Here is a list of games which will be showcased at the game exhibition

To be announced

Global Game Jam Graz 2024 is on its way!

Global Game Jam Graz 2024 is on its way!

We are once again organizing a site in Graz for the Global Game Jam this year.
It will be held on January 26-28, hosted at Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), at Inffeldgasse 13, HS i8 and i9, 8010, Graz.

What is a Game Jam?

A game jam is an event that brings together game developers, designers, artists, and enthusiasts to create games from scratch in a limited time frame (usually 48 hours). Whether you’re a seasoned game developer or just passionate about gaming, a game jam offers an exciting opportunity to unleash your creativity, experiment with new ideas, and connect with like-minded individuals in a fun and inspiring environment.
The goal is to create a game together with others, but due to the limited time frame, the goal is not necessarily a finished game, but the journey; to learn something new, to meet people to cooperate further in the future, and so on.


  • Friday, January 26
    • 17:00 Start and Theme Announcement; Team-Finding afterwards
    • ~18:00 – 00:00 | working on the games
  • Saturday, January 27
    • 09:00 – 00:00 | working on the games
  • Sunday, January 28
    • 09:00 – 17:00 | working on the games

More detailed schedule coming soon…


Can I participate even if I have no prior experience making games?
Yes! Absolutely. No worries ff this is your first time making games or joining a game jam. In fact, a game jam like this one is a great opportunity to get into game dev and work together with other people.

Can I come with a pre-made team?
Yes! If you and your friends or other folks already come prepared that’s fine with us.

Can I make a game all by myself or do I have to join a team?
Both is fine. We’re gonna have a brainstorming and teamfinding phase at the beginning to help people find a team they wanna join, but we’re not gonna force anyone to do so.

Do I have to make a game for the jam or can I also bring my own and keep working on that one?
Sure you can! While the jam will be focused on making new game from scratch we’re fine with you coming by and use the opportunity, being surrounded by people and all, to keep working on your own game.

The jam is graciously being hosted by TU Graz and sponsored by HTU and Science Park Graz

Science Park Graz

Poster illusration and design by Emrah Özbay