Magic worlds, twisting labyrinths, strategic and tactical moves: you have probably enjoyed the one or other afternoon playing a computer game developed and designed in Berlin, Frankfurt, or Hamburg. Video gamers around the world are very familiar with the Made in Germany seal. Since the 1990s the country has been a games industry hub, employing internationally acclaimed games developers who have revolutionised gaming designs and bagged a whole host of awards for their superb graphic art. Today gaming is one of the most important branches in the creative industry, combining film, video, music, text, and animation.
If you are interested in qualifying as a games developer, then Berlin is the place to go. It offers an excellent infrastructure, but also universities and places of training. The most important is the Games Academy, a special school for games development. Cologne, on the other hand, is the host city of Gamescom – the world’s biggest event for computer and video games. In 2015, the fair attracted 345,000 visitors from 96 countries. For some years now, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has selected the best German computer game, together with the professional associations and the Stiftung Digitale Spielekultur, the foundation for digital gaming culture.