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gamescom: the world's largest games event has been at home at Koelnmesse since 2009.



Die Siedler

NRW is the top location for the German gaming industry: Every fourth German company in the area of computer games is based in the Rhine/Ruhr region. Sector leaders, small businesses and start-ups profit from the assistance opportunities and the sector‘s networking in NRW.

The Düsseldorf games producer BluByte and the development pioneer Takomat from Cologne are recipients of the German Computer Games Award 2011: Blue Byte‘s »Die Siedler online« has been awarded 50,000 euros as the »best browser game«, as has Takomat‘s »Energetika« in the »Good Games« category.

For the Cologne programmers this is not the first major award; in the previous year Minister President Hannelore Kraft had already announced them as winners of the competition »365 Places in the State of Ideas«.

The State Government intends to promote and expand NRW consistently as a games location«, media State Secretary Jan-Marc Eumann promises: »For us this as yet young industry is a major building block for the future of the State of NRW.«

The foundation for this already exists. North Rhine-Westphalia is already one of the top locations for the games industry in Germany. According to Marc Ziegler, former Director of the Media Cluster NRW, every fourth German company in the field of computer games is based in this federal state. International market leaders such as Electronic Arts and Ubisoft have established their European head offices in Cologne and Düsseldorf.Individual market niches also provide plenty of scope for growth fantasies: the company Turtle Entertainment from Cologne for example employs 170 people and is developing at anything but a snail‘s pace. It is regarded as Europe‘s leading supplier of electronic sports games; in 37 countries these Rhinelanders now organise 1,800 championships for more than two million, partly professional online gamers. The gamescom trade fair, where international links are forged, is a home game for the company.

Fair highlight

At the annual gamescom fair the whole games sector exhibits to the international specialist public and private visitors. In 2012 the gamescom could boast over 600 exhibitors from 40 countries and a total of 275,000 visitors. Alongside the exhibitors‘ stands the visitors can expect, under the heading »Celebrate the Games«, a highly varied framework programme in the area around the fair site. Major topics of gamescom 2012 included online and browser games, but also mobile and social digital media. Gerald Böse, director of Koelnmesse, states: »Gamescom has once again demonstrated its international impact in terms of business and entertainment.«

As part of the fair the »gamescom award« is presented to the best games and products at the fair. The purpose of the award is to promote new products in the field of computer and video games.

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