As everyone flocks media outlets for upcoming games at the Gamescom event, a concurrent event proved successful as well. Gamescom Congress celebrated their 10th anniversary through further discourse in promoting the roles video games play in an increasingly digitized world. After the event, organizers and partners took some time to “emphasize the importance of the gamescom congress for the German games industry, North Rhine-Westphalia, and far beyond the digital and media industry.”
In a press release today, information revealed the gamescom congress 2018 tickets were completely sold out, indicating 870 participants and 171 press representatives joining in on the conversation. The highlight talk of the event was titled “Debat(tl)e Royale,” where representatives and politicians discussed major tops, including current major issues of German digital and games policies, such as nationwide sponsorship for games.
To reinforce the importance of discussing the role of video games in an age of digital media today, several of these speakers provided their thoughts of this year’s Gamescom Congress, which we will provide below:
“The games industry is a key industry for the media digital economy in North Rhine-Westphalia. Creativity and technological innovation go hand in hand here. The program of this year’s gamescom congress once again demonstrated how the dynamism and innovative power of the games industry is also being transferred to other sectors of the economy,” says Nathanael Liminski, Head of the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Henriette Reker, Mayor of the City of Cologne: “With the help of many allies, we have succeeded in creating an efficient ecosystem for the games industry in Cologne. We want to expand this further in the coming years. The focus of the City of Cologne’s sponsorship measures is primarily on supporting young games talents. The gamescom congress offers them the opportunity to get to know more about essential trends and innovations in the games industry”.
Katharina C. Hamma, COO Koelnmesse GmbH: “It is our task at Koelnmesse to create innovative marketplaces. With this year’s gamescom congress, we have succeeded in bringing together the pioneers of games and digitalization. We thank our partners from game, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the city of Cologne for the excellent cooperation.”
Felix Falk, Managing Director game – the German Games Industry Association: “The gamescom congress has developed into a true think tank of digitisation: We have also been able to further sharpen our political profile thanks to the ‘Debat(tl)e Royale’ debate format. This is where leading politicians discuss the right digital and games policy for Germany. And not only in election times.”
I’ve always wanted to check out the big gaming events. I had never heard of Gamescom Congress before, but I am in full support with the conversations taking place. Considering the intense progression mankind is making towards a digital age, conversations on advancements in technology and media will be an increasingly important subject around the world. Conversations are the first step to taking action, and I will be keeping a closer eye on this event as we move forward. In the meantime though, what are your thoughts? Did you watch this event at all? Have you heard of it before? What did you think of the conversation? Let us know in the comments below!