gamescom character jury member: Nino Kerl

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Anime, manga and Japanese video games: Every week Nino Kerl talks about the latest news and everything of interest about the Japanese pop culture on his YouTube-channel “Ninotaku TV”. On his second channel “tokyo” he completes his programme with weekly unboxings of Japanese figures and statues. The 31-year-old lives in Munich, works for Webedia Gaming GmbH as creative director and is a huge fan of Japan ever since.

gamescom 2016: top names of the games industry among first registrations

gamescom 2016 (17 to 21 August) is picking up speed. The first registration phase ended on 19 February with a top result: Companies from 33 countries have already registered. Among them are numerous well-known companies of the games industry.

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The following international market leaders and renowned companies of the computer and video game industry, such as astragon Entertainment, Bandai Namco, Bethesda, Bigpoint, CD Projekt, Crytek, Deep Silver (Koch Media), ELECTRONIC ARTS, Gameforge, Gaijin Network, GREY BOX, Kalypso Media, Konami, Nintendo, Perfect World Europe, Square Enix, Techland, Ubisoft, Unity Technologies, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Wargaming, among others, are already represented at gamescom 2016. Many providers of hardware, virtual reality solutions and accessories, like Alternate, Caseking, ESET, Roccat, Oculus VR, Samsung, Sennheiser Communications A/S and Teamspeak Systems, will also exhibit in the Cologne trade fair halls from 17 to 21 August.

gamescom character jury: The Flash („Der Blitz“)

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„The Flash“ („Der Blitz“) is a passionate gamer, comic collector as well as a sitcom junkie. Famous for his North German accent, he has been active in the Youtube scene for a few years already and reports about news, classics and everything on comics. Meanwhile, his channel has become the biggest German Youtube channel all around comics. Since 2013 the video series “Flashed” (“Geblitzt”) is his hobbyhorse.

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.

Research with Minecraft

Image: Kenming Wang, Minecraft Screenshots-Huge Minecraft Castle Town, http://bit.ly/1G5wcKJ
Image: Kenming Wang, Minecraft Screenshots-Huge Minecraft Castle Town, http://bit.ly/1G5wcKJ

The “Science Year”, organized yearly by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, will put its focus on cities this year. According to the motto “Science Year 2015 – City of the Future”, Germans are asked to submit ideas and suggestions on how they picture future cities. The goal of the Science Year is to discuss and find solutions for upcoming challenges such as eco-friendly energy supply in urban areas or the consequences resulting from demographic change.

gamescom 2015: A huge success

About 345,000 visitors from 96 countries celebrated the Next Level Of Entertainment at the world’s largest event for computer and video games from 5 to 9 August 2015. With the attendance of 33,200 trade visitors, gamescom registered over 5 percent growth and boasting a constant 52 percent share of foreign visitors, confirmed its position as the leading business platform for the European computer and video games industry.

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806 companies (+14 percent) presented hundreds of novelties to trade visitors and gaming fans from all over the world on an expanded exhibition surface spanning 193,000 square metres (including the event level). Besides exciting premieres of games for all platforms, new developments in the virtual reality areas and E-sports events were the focus of interest. The partner country of gamescom 2015 was the United Kingdom (UK). Traditionally, the games week kicked off on Monday, 3 August with the developers’ conference, GDC Europe and finished on Sunday, 9 August with the evening concerts at the gamescom city festival.