The German Computer Games Awards (Deutscher Computerspielpreis, DCP) are endowment awards presented jointly by the public and private sectors, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and game (association of the German games industry). The awards were launched by the German federal government on the initiative of the German parliament, in partnership with both trade associations. The focus is on promoting innovative, culturally relevant or educational computer and video games primarily produced in Germany. Another important aspect of the winning games is, of course, that they are fun to play.
An independent jury of experts decides on which games receive the awards in a total of 14 categories, three of which are international categories. A game chosen by the public also receives an award. The DCP is the most important award in the German gaming industry. The awards include total prize money of 470,000 euros (2016 DCP), half of which is provided by the BMVI and the other half by the association game. It is the highest endowment for digital games in Germany. The awards are presented annually, with alternating ceremonies in Berlin and Munich.