Germany is the most important market in Europe for the video game industry, an important world power both in terms of consumption and development. It is the biggest market in the EU – above other large countries such as the United Kingdom or France – but is also a large development centre, home to studios such as Crytek and Yager Development, distribution and publishing giants such as Deep Silver and Gameforge, the European headquarters of the global icon that is Nintendo, and the host country for one of the most important trade fairs in the world, Gamescom. Therefore, Germany will this year be the guest country at the Fun & Serious Game Festival, and asked to share its experience and knowledge to establish new synergies between the Spanish and German video game industries.
- Germany has the largest community of video game players in Europe: half of the population over 14 plays video games
- The German video game industry billed €2.8bn in 2015
- There are over 510 video game development and publishing companies in Germany
- It is estimated that the video game sector is responsible for over 31,000 jobs, 13,000 of which are directly related to development and publishing
- There are over 150 training programmes dedicated to video game creation at German universities