Major international publishers and a strong developer scene provide the backbone for NRW as a game hub. The picture is completed by the gamescom and the German Developer Award as  top events for the video games industry. The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW supports the development of innovative game products. Aware of the industry’s cultural and economic importance, the Land of NRW also supports the transfer of innovative game technologies into classical industries.

 Facts and figures

  • one of the games hubs with the highest turnover in Germany
  • global players: Electronic Arts and Ubisoft
  • gamescom in Cologne: the world‘s largest games trade fair
  • diverse developer scene with a long tradition
  • centre for eSports: Electronic Sports League, ESL One Cologne, successful clans
  • German Developer Award, Clash of Realities, devcom, Evoke, Next Level Festival, Gamification Day
  • games.nrw as interest group, Cologne Game Haus as new business incubator

More information:

Games in NRW
Funding of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW: Digital Games and interactive content

Gerald Böse
chairman of the board, Koelnmesse
gamescom, dmexco and photokina are the best calling card and a key location factor for NRW as a film and media region. The Koelnmesse sets the tone with its numerous trade fairs and events for digital media and entertainment and makes a significant contribution to the region's appeal.
Jens Kosche
Country Manager Germany/Austria Electronic Arts
NRW is home for the world’s largest event for digital games - the gamescom -, enormous eSports tournaments are organised for here, and world leaders in games publishing have their German headquarters here: an ideal place for new media!
Ralf Wirsing
Managing Director Ubisoft Germany
Due to its games-minded university structures, the trade fair gamescom, and numerous companies in related entertainment fields, NRW is an attractive location for national and international games publishers.
Dr. Olaf Coenen
Vice President European Publishing Electronic Arts
Authors, directors, designers, programmers, actors and musicians need a creative, networked environment in order to create computer games. That is exactly what NRW and the area around Cologne have to offer.
Thomas Friedmann
CEO Funatics
NRW is gaining in importance as a centre for the games industry. This is underscored by the recent establishment of internationally successful games companies in Düsseldorf. In particular, the highly qualified workforce as well as the opportunities for synergy with the local industry enterprises are what make NRW into a unique location.
Carsten Fichtelmann
CEO & Founder Daedalic Entertainment Studio West, Düsseldorf
We have had a presence in NRW for the past two years, have already gained a successful foothold in Düsseldorf, and are now looking to the future with a lot of optimism. We have found some very good new employees, and one of the most spectacular games - The Long Journey Home - is being made in Germany – in the middle of NRW.
Benedikt Grindel
Managing Director Ubisoft-Studio Blue Byte
With its dynamism and good educational landscape, NRW yields creative talents for the games industry. The local developers' scene must be supported with specific funding programmes so that games „made in NRW“ can become a trademark. .
Stefanie Waschk
Head of Engage.NRW
Knowhow for interactive software solutions has been developed in NRW, the like of which can't be found everywhere. Moreover, we are an important industry hub. That is exactly the right environment for Engage.NRW which brings companies from the classic sectors together with games developers.
Odile Limpach
Founder SpielFabrique
The location of NRW offers SpielFabrique numerous opportunities for supporting young companies in the games industry. Local strong partners like the Medienstiftung NRW and the City of Cologne are doing their bit for the growth of this creative industry.
Thomas Rössig
Founder & Managing Director, Flying Sheep
The number of highly skilled people, the range of other studios and start-ups with whom we could build up networks, and the gamescom, of course, make NRW into an unbeatable initial location for games developers.
Dr. Holger Sprengel
Nurogames
NRW is increasingly developing itself into the most important hub for the German games industry and is an attractive location for developers and publishers who can bank on attractive suport from the federal state. Keep up the good work!
Felix Falk
Managing Director of game - German Video Games Industry Association
North Rhine-Westphalia is one of the hot spots of the German games industry: small and large developers are just as much at home here as publishers, universities, eSports organisers and the gamescom are! This diversity is NRW's great strength.