This series of games came about following a design competition held by spielmaterial.de in 2008-2009.
The premise was to develop a game based on the components of the game Giganten from Kosmos and available components from the miscellaneous parts of the spielmaterial.de stock.
Winner of the competition was Schwarzes Gold by Bernhard Weber.
A second winner was announced in a more complex game category - the game Namibia by Brian Robson, scheduled for release in 2010 and will be followed by an expansion.
These are accompanied by additional games that were good enough for the final shortlist - Ghawar (release 2010) and Global Warming (release 2011).