Welcome to The Sustainability Nexus! We host the game industry’s changemakers and connect them to work towards a better future for all.

The 2023 Sustainability Nexus Conference

The hybrid conference was hosted online on November 15, 2023 from 10am to 4pm (CET)
and at physical events in Cologne, Berlin, and Stockholm.

Event supported by

The Problem

Emissions are generated all along the value chain, from manufacturing and data center energy usage, to e-sporting events and packaging. In the U.S. alone, the annual game-related energy usage is estimated to generate 24 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions —the same amount as over 5 million cars.

-Project Drawdown 2023

Slowly but steadily, we have come to understand that we cannot tackle the range of alarming societal and environmental issues in silos. They are all interconnected. Not surprisingly, in this spirit there is an increasing number of pioneers in the gaming industry fighting for the protection of the environment, of human beings, of their diversity, their health and equal rights.

Program Highlights

Annual Conference

An engaging one-day hybrid event where industry luminaries, innovators, and advocates gather to explore, discuss, and celebrate ongoing efforts towards sustainability in the game industry.

Sustainability Training

Empowering indie game studios through continuous learning. Our year-round training activities provide valuable insights, strategies, and resources for studios to craft and implement their sustainability agendas.

Think Tank Work

Collaborating with European game associations and public fund representatives, we initiate think tank work resulting in authoritative whitepapers. These documents not only shed light on industry challenges but also present actionable recommendations for policymakers at the EU level.

Impact Game Support

Events and activities to support the creation of games with ecological or social focus. We boost ambitious projects that challenge wide-spread narratives and empower gamers to become changemakers themselves.

Supported by

Project Partners

Umanimation

France

Platform:
PC, Switch
Genre:
Adventure

Publisher:
Focus Entertainment

accelerated by

& powered by

Dordogne

Experience a unique journey through Dordogne as you uncover lost family secrets and relive your childhood memories.

PlayTix X Tiny Crocodile Studio

France / Germany

Platform:
Mobile

Genre:
Web3, Simulation

powered by

Top Squad

Top Squad, the web3 soccer game with stunning graphics and worldwide quick matches.

Ludopium X CdM

Germany / France

Platform:
PC, Mobile
Genre:
Action, Casual
Publisher:
Arte France

accelerated by

& powered by

Vectronom

2nd Deutscher Computerspielpreis

Get hypnotized by the electronic soundtrack of Vectronom and its pulsing geometric and colorful world.

Seed By Seed

France

Platform:
PC, Consoles
Genre:
Action, Adventure, Casual
Publisher: HandyGames


accelerated by

Pile Up!

Pile Up: 1-4 player 3D platformer. Jump, build piles, explore world. Coordination & creativity required. Friendly creatures await!

Naraven

Switzerland

Platform:
PC, Consoles
Genre:
Adventure, Casual
Publisher:
All in! Games

accelerated by

Backfirewall_

Backfirewall_ is a persistent smartphone OS that crashes until it gets its desired update. As an Update Assistant, you must face the challenge of dealing with its stubbornness.

Label This

Slovenia

Platform:
PC, Consoles
Genre:
Adventure, Casual
Publisher:
Crunching Koalas

accelerated by

The Gap

The Gap tells the story of a man’s quest to cure his family’s illness through exploration of parallel realities, delving into his psyche and cherished memories.

Darjeeling X Feierabend

France / Germany

Platform:
Mobile
Genre:
RPG, Simulation, Strategy
Publisher:
ARTE


powered by

Homo Machina

Homo Machina is a puzzle video game based on a German physician’s illustrations for making biology accessible.

GameExPro X CdM

France

Platform:
VR

Genre:
RPG, Simulation, Strategy

powered by

Critical Mistrust

Play a virtual reality game as four astronauts try to stop a deadly virus, but trust is scarce and the culprit unknown. Choose a side and solve the mystery.

Black Flag

France

Platform:
PC, MAC, Linux

Genre:
RPG, Simulation, Strategy

accelerated by

Orphan Age

Orphan Age is a dystopian life sim game where you play not as the soldiers of war, but as the children left behind.