The Berlin games industry is experiencing the strongest growth in Germany. No other location has such a dense diversity of games-related infrastructure.
The unique conditions Berlin offers the video games industry include:
Extensive networks in creative and technological innovation, research and industry, start-ups and established companies
Location of many successful companies, important institutions and European headquarters of leading international industry players
Outstanding training and education opportunities
The best talent in the industry are in Berlin because the city is trendy
International meeting point for the industry
About 140 companies in all fields of the games industry employ around 2,100 people in the region and generate €255 million in annual revenues. Here you will find highly qualified specialists and talents from all over the world, extensive industry networks, and plenty of international events.
Berlin has become home to a strong developer scene with numerous indie studios and industry leaders. The focus here is on social games, online gaming, browser games, mobile games, serious games, and virtual worlds.
Many well-known international games companies are increasingly opening locations in the region too, including:
Actoz Soft Europe
Aeria Games Europe
Fox & Sheep
Spaces of Play
In addition to the games companies, Berlin is home to important institutions, networks and associations in the industry:
Stiftung digitale Spielekultur (The Digital Games Culture Foundation)
Game, the association of the German games industry
Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK), a body responsible for computer game ratings in Germany
Virtual Reality e.V. Berlin-Brandenburg
Computerspielemuseum, a museum devoted to computer games
Creative Game Institute
Berlin has a wide range of educational opportunities related to the games sector. At state universities, private educational institutions, and a number of research institutions, degrees and apprenticeships are offered that focus in such areas as games, 3-D animation and media management:
Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf
HTW Berlin / Game Changer Institute
Mediadesign Hochschule für Design und Informatik
University of the Arts
S4G School for Games
Companies moving to Berlin, new start-ups, and innovative projects are eligible for a comprehensive range of advisory, financing, and funding services.
Information on various funding and financing options is available from the business development agencies of the states of Berlin and Brandenburg and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.
Berlin Partner for Business and Technology│ ►
Berlin Partner offers business and technology support for companies, investors and scientific institutions in Berlin. With customized services and an excellent science and research network, experts provide an outstanding range of programs to help companies launch, innovate, expand and secure their economic future in Berlin.
Brandenburg Economic Development Corporation I WFBB │ ►
WFBB is the central contact in Brandenburg for investors, entrepreneurs and technology-oriented business Start-ups. The Corporation offers companies an all-inclusive package for growth, offering a choice of space to develop, advice on subsidies and technology projects, and support in the search for skilled workers.
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg│ ►
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg is the main institution for the film and media industry in the German capital region. The Film Funding division provides funding for films, high end drama series and film-related projects, advises filmmakers on financing issues, and supports the development of the film industry. The Media Business Development division represents Berlin-Brandenburg as a key media location in Germany at international markets and festivals, provides market research and analysis and organizes networking events. The department funds media-related projects, serial formats as well as the development of content in the games, web, mobile and VR categories.
games:net berlinbrandenburg │ ►
games:net berlinbrandenburg is one of the initiatives of the media business network media:net berlinbrandenburg and represents and connects companies of the fast growing regional games industry. The platform accelerates direct dialogue between all members from corporations to universities. Regular networking events, executive level roundtables, trade fairs and recruitment services promote varied exchange in order to create a sustainable business-to-business network. Big players as well as startups benefit from excellent contacts in the industry, politics and science.
Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy und Public Enterprises│ ►
The core task of this state government department is to create the right framework conditions for the growth of Berlin companies and the establishment of new companies. Safeguarding and creating jobs is its utmost priority. The Senate Administration promotes the area of games through the state Projekt Zukunft initiative in support of sustainable digitalization.
Videogames Study by Statistica (in German)
Virtual and Augmented Reality - March 2018 (in German)