gamesweekberlin 2019 comes to a successful end
BERLIN, April 15, 2019. gamesweekberlin (April 8-14, 2019) came to a successful close with the Gamefest in the Kulturbrauerei on Sunday evening. Around 11,000 visitors had come to the public and professionals events at the central gamesweekberlin locations of the Kulturbrauerei and SEZ Berlin over the past seven days. In total, more than 25,000 games fans, developers and publishers were in the capital last week to attend 17 events. The gamesweekberlin brings economic, technological, cultural and artistic aspects of the computer games industry together with current trends and perspectives under one roof. The Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg supports gamesweekberlin as well as numerous individual events.
"We are delighted that gamesweekberlin has been successful again in gathering the most diverse target groups of the industry from Europe, the USA and Asia. gamesweekberlin's new base in the Kulturbrauerei, where numerous events took place, gave an extra boost to the special festival atmosphere and was very well received by our guests. Our idea to offer a gaming event for the whole family was successful: the Gamefest was a real crowd-puller with more than 3,000 Berlin guests coming to the Kulturbrauerei," Michael Liebe, the director of gamesweekberlin and CEO of Booster Space, said on summing up this year's edition. "The interplay of events for the industry and events for game fans also worked excellently this year and made a lasting impact on the public's positive perception of computer games and their significance - whether it be as an economic factor, cultural asset, driver of technology, or as an entertainment medium. A big thank you to all our partners, sponsors and all the helpers without whom we would not have been able to achieve this success"!
The week opened last Monday with the Opening Breakfast in the Kulturbrauerei, where the core events QUO VADIS, Womenize! Games & Tech, the GERMAN ESPORTS SUMMIT and the Gamefest took place.
The Game and Playful Media-Festival A MAZE./ Berlin and the Gamefest were extremely popular with the public at the gamesweekberlin. The international A MAZE./Berlin festival, awarded with the German Computer Games Award 2019 (Deutscher Computerspielpreis), presented a unique, games and playful media exhibition, inspiring talks and workshops as well as a public evening program with performances, live music and DJs in a new location, the SEZ in Berlin-Friedrichshain. For the eigth time the A MAZE. Awards have been awarded, here come the winners: Most Amazing Game Award: Kassinn (Iceland) - Huldufugl; Human Human Machine Award: Blabyrinth (Canada) – Sleeping Beast Games; Digital Moment Award: Consume Me (USA) – Jenny Jiao Hsia & AP Thomson; Long Feature Award: THE LONGING (Germany) – Studio Seufz; Explorer Award: Operation Jane Walk (Austria) – Leonhard Müllner, Robin Klengel; Audience Award: Sticky Cats (South Africa) – The Bones Brothers; Humble New Talent Award: Iowpolis (Russian Federation) – Maria Fedotova, Danila Yakovlev.
The Gamefest was opened on Friday evening by the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, together with Jan Vapaavouri, Mayor of Helsinki, in the Kulturbrauerei. Helsinki and Berlin have been partners since 2017 on the EU-funded project "Baltic Game Industry", which promotes the development of the innovative and efficient game industry in the Baltic Sea region and strengthens the internationalisation and cooperation between countries and players. Until Sunday evening numerous gaming fans, families and enthusiastic cosplayers came to the interactive exhibition with indie titles, board games, VR experiences, arcade and retro games as well as the indie arena booth. They participated at the real life quest, the stage show and the workshop programme about media competence and career opportunities.
The GERMAN ESPORTS SUMMIT, which celebrated its premiere at last year's gamesweekberlin, focused under the banner of "The Esports Movement", with guests from the worlds of politics, sports, business, media and games on eSport as a social movement and discussed the development of eSport in Germany in a committed, honest and at times self-critical way. In addition to the guests present at the Kulturbrauerei, 35,000 spectators tuned into the programme when it was streamed by such influencers as Maximilan 'HandOfBlood' Knabe from instinct3 or Jona 'JustJohnny' Schmitt from Freaks 4U Gaming.
This is now the fifth time that Womenize! was focusing on everything to do with careers, prospects and empowering of women in the games and tech sector. In addition to the lectures and panel discussions, this year also offered workshops regarding HR, diversity, networking and much more.
Successfully established events of the gamesweekberlin such as the game developer conference QUO VADIS, the GERMAN ESPORTS SUMMIT, the Matchmaking Dinner, the APITs-Day, Womenize! Games & Tech, A MAZE./Berlin, Gamefest, Seitenquiz, Berlin Games Breakfast were complemented by new events such as the Opening Breakfast, Twitch Developer Tour, the exhibitions BONUS-LEVEL JAPAN in the Computerspielemuseum and RAINBOW ARCADE in the Schwules Museum, Gaymers: LGBT* Gaming Night gamesweekberlin Edition and GameOn – Best of Games IV. Furthermore during gamesweekberlin the award show of the Deutscher Computerspielpreises (German Computer Games Award) and TwitchCon took place.
All information at: www.gamesweekberlin.com
The gamesweekberlin partners & sponsors:
Supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Sponsors of the umbrella brand gamesweekberlin: game Verband, Tannhaus, Myer’s Hotel, Kickstarter, Microsoft Azure Playfab, UE Germany, Ubisoft BlueByte, Crytek, XMG, Loots, King
Partner events: Opening Breakfast, QUO VADIS - game development & business conference, Gamefest, Womenize! Games and Tech, A MAZE. / Berlin, GERMAN ESPORTS SUMMIT, Matchmaking Dinner, BONUS-LEVEL JAPAN, Rainbow Arcade, APITs-Day, Gaymers: LGBT* Gaming Night Game On – Best of Game IV, Berlin Games Breakfast, Deutscher Computerspielpreis, Twitch Developer Tour
Event partners: Booster Space, ESBD – eSport-Bund Deutschland, Freaks 4U Gaming, Computerspielemuseum, A MAZE., HTW Berlin, Schwules Museum, Fraktion Die Grünen, game Verband, Factory-C, XMG, GameOn
Networking partners: games:net berlinbrandenburg, media:net berlinbrandenburg, Gamesmith, Games NRW, Institut Francais Deutschland
Official ticketing partner: Eventbrite
The gamesweekberlin from 8-14 April 2019 is a leading cross-industry communication and networking platform for games business, development and culture. The umbrella brand gamesweekberlin gathers more than 14 individual events over seven days suitable for both games fans and industry participants. In 2018, almost 15,000 game developers, publishers, investors and gamers, representatives of public institutions and the media industry as well as gamer, fans and families came to the gamesweekberlin. The event follows in the footsteps of the DGT – Deutsche Gamestage – an event initiated by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg in Berlin in 2007.
Dr. Kathrin Steinbrenner & Kristian Müller