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Canada is the Partner Country for gamescom 2017

 

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Canada is the official partner country of gamescom 2017 (22 to 26 August).  Koelnmesse GmbH and the German Trade Association of Interactive Entertainment Software (BIU) have won one of the world’s leading developer locations for computer and video games for gamescom 2017. As gamescom’s official Partner Country, Canada represents the international exhibitor community in Cologne from 22 to 26 August at the world’s largest event for computer and video games. Exhibit space, along with numerous business services, networking events and promotional opportunities will be available to Canadian companies – under the umbrella of Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service. A special Canadian Pavilion will be organized by the Government of Canada, through the Consulate of Canada in Munich, in collaboration with other provincial and industry partners.

Gaming apps with record growth of 54 percent in the first six month of 2015

Recently, the German Trade Association of Interactive Entertainment Software (BIU) published current figures on the total turnover of gaming apps in Germany: In the first six months of 2015, the sales figures exceeded 175 million Euro. Compared to the reference period in 2014, this means an increase by 61 million Euro, equaling a revenue growth of 54 percent. In the Apple and Google app stores, games account for about 75 percent of the total turnover.

This War of Mine – Much more than just a game

credit: 11 bit studios, http://bit.ly/1ETDXyO
credit: 11 bit studios, http://bit.ly/1ETDXyO

An exceptional anti-war game – “This War of Mine” is probably the saddest and most realistic survival game of 2014. It shines in a fictitious civil war without any ego-shooting or zombies. The game by Polish indie developers rather demands tactics and strategy. At the same time the game not only has a unique character, but also provokes thought.

Gaming in China

475 million online users and a gaming community of 340 million gamers – China is the worldwide biggest market for online games. With two-figure growth forecasts, this business sector is one of the biggest and fastest growing markets of the world, and therefore of great interest for international gamers and producers. Popular in particular is the unique trade called “gold farming”.

image: Cory Doctorow, Game Cafe, Guangzhou, China, http://bit.ly/18WYIin
image: Cory Doctorow, Game Cafe, Guangzhou, China, http://bit.ly/18WYIin

Age limit 0, 6, 12, 16, 18 & 20?!

20 years – this is the new age, which the German Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body (Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle/USK) now reached themselves. Founded in 1994 the USK now celebrates their 20th birthday. In all those years USK has conducted more than 37,000 classification procedures in terms of legal protection for children and young persons and tagged with their in Germany famous age rating labels for the age categories USK 0, 6, 12, 16 and 18.

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