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gamescom: gamescom 2023 is officially open

gamescom 2023 has begun. In addition, on Wednesday afternoon, the world’s largest games event was officially opened by the political guests of honour. These included Robert Habeck, Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Hendrik Wüst, Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia, and Henriette Reker, Mayor of Cologne and Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Koelnmesse.

» In their addresses, the speakers repeatedly referred to the great economic importance, cultural potency and innovative spirit of the games industry. They described the industry as indispensable to Germany’s standing as a business location and, accordingly, in light of the recent renewed stop in federal funding until the end of 2024, called for a rapid improvement in the framework conditions for game companies to an internationally competitive level. This, they said, would require greater plannability and a clear funding concept, without which the huge potential of games in Germany could hardly be leveraged. In particular, the speakers emphasised the special importance of gamescom as the world’s largest games event and beacon for Germany as a games location, as attested by the record number of 1,220 exhibitors, 76 per cent of whom come from abroad. Following the political opening on Wednesday afternoon, Economic Minister Habeck will tour the halls of the Koelnmesse trade fair grounds on Thursday morning to gain a first-hand impression of this year’s gamescom highlights.

The video of the political opening ceremony of gamescom 2023 can be viewed on demand here.

Robert Habeck, Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action: “The gaming industry is an important driver of innovation - for our economic location as well as for our IT-Experts of tomorrow. Therefore, the BMWK supports video game development, among other things, with the federal video game funding, in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the industry and to make Germany an internationally relevant, leading market for the development of digital products.”

Hendrik Wüst, Minister President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia: "It is not a matter of course that a trade fair still attracts many tens of thousands of people today. Gamescom has managed to survive the pandemic and come back even stronger. This demonstrates how much video games have arrived in the middle of our society. They fascinate millions and are undoubtedly a driver of innovation in our country. This requires the best skilled workers and reliable political conditions. German games companies have voted North Rhine-Westphalia the best business location in Germany. This award is also an incentive for us. We want all of Germany to be as attractive as North Rhine-Westphalia as a location for the gaming industry, so that international specialists will come to us. We need this goal, with predictability and a clear funding concept, at the federal level as well."

Felix Falk, Managing Director of game – the German Games Industry Association: ‘Once a year, in late August, gamescom places us at the centre of the games world. The entire games community and industry converges on Germany to celebrate our great games culture. But to draw the attention of the international games world to Germany much more regularly, we urgently need stronger political support. So I’m thrilled that Robert Habeck, Hendrik Wüst and Henriette Reker are opening gamescom, and that hundreds more politicians will be coming to Cologne over the next few days to see the games for themselves and grasp their enormous potential. We must work together to enable Germany to produce more games and games technologies in the future. This will take reliable, plannable and internationally competitive framework conditions. Only then will Germany be able to actually play at the international level rather than watch from the sidelines.’

Henriette Reker, Mayor of the City of Cologne and Chair of Koelnmesse’s Supervisory Board: “gamescom has been an established fixture on the calendar of trade fairs in Cologne since 2009, and chance played no part in the selection of the city as the venue. We offer the gaming industry an outstanding ecosystem for its continued growth. Around 80 operators in the gaming industry employ approximately 1,600 people in Cologne and generate sales of at least 240 million euros. And in close collaboration, the City of Cologne and KölnBusiness as its economic development agency are committed to maintaining Cologne’s position as a highly attractive location for the gaming industry. Together, we will make sure that exhibitors from across the globe continue to gather in Cologne for gamescom.”

Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse, commented: “This year, the world’s largest gaming festival boasts more exhibitors, more floorspace and a more international profile than ever before. We’re very proud that 76 percent of our over 1,220 exhibitors are attending from outside Germany – a fact that reinforces gamescom’s growth trajectory. I am only able to announce this great news thanks to the excellent collaboration between Koelnmesse, gamescom’s partners and our co-organizer, game, the German Games Industry Association. My sincere thanks to everyone involved!”

About gamescom:
gamescom is the world's largest event for computer and video games and Europe's largest business platform for the games industry. In 2023, gamescom will take place in Cologne and online from Tuesday, August 22th, to Sunday, August 27th. gamescom is jointly organized by Koelnmesse and game – Verband der deutschen Games-Branche e.V.

Koelnmesse – industry trade fairs for the gaming sector: Koelnmesse is an international leader in organising trade fairs in the gaming and entertainment segments. Hosted at the trade fair grounds in Cologne, Germany, gamescom is the world’s largest event for computer and video games and Europe’s largest business platform for the games industry. gamescom brings together passionate gamers, trade visitors, and exhibitors from across the world with a highly effective approach – in person at the venue and digitally from anywhere in the world. This makes gamescom the premier B2C, B2B, and B2G gaming event. In addition to the event at its Cologne headquarters, Koelnmesse is strategically expanding its portfolio internationally: In Singapore, gamescom asia provides an additional powerful industry platform for the rapidly growing Asia-Pacific games market, comprehensively combining supply and demand. «

Source: Press release of Koelnmesse GmbH from 23 August 2023

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