Bundeswirtschaftsminister Robert Habeck auf der Gamescom 2023

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This evening, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck will be opening the world’s largest trade fair for computer and video games, which will take place in Cologne from 23 to 27 August. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, which is the Ministry in charge of policy on computer games, will again participate in the fair with its own stand.

Federal Minister Robert Habeck said: "I am pleased about the great interest in Germany as a games hub and I look forward to the many visitors from all over the world who will attend the 2023 gamescom, the most important trade fair for the games sector. The games industry is a key growth sector which promotes innovations in the fields of artificial intelligence, simulations, virtual reality and augmented reality. Its forward-looking technologies also find their way into other sectors. They play a decisive role not only for technology transfer, but also for tomorrow’s IT experts. The aim of our support programme for computer games is to continue to strengthen Germany as a centre for the development of games."

The Economic Affairs Ministry’s support programme for computer games makes an important contribution to strengthening Germany as a centre for the development of games. Since 2019, funding totalling over €200 million has been provided for more than 550 games.

Gamescom is both a trade fair for the industry and an event for the general public. More than 1,100 exhibitors will be presenting new games and new hardware and software innovations. The fair’s various networking formats and a business area provide important platforms for dialogue.

The Economic Affairs Ministry will be represented at the gamescom with its own stand (hall 4.1, stand B056). Together with the DLR project management agency and Germany Trade und Invest (GTAI), it will provide information and advice regarding support for the development of computer games and Germany as a games hub.