Multi-player games are all the rage at this year's Gamescom fair in Cologne, with firms bending over backward to satisfy consumers' needs. The government has been requested to provide generous funding for the industry.
The days when gaming was a niche passion are long gone, as gamescon, the gaming industry trade fair in Cologne, shows. Yet despite its own multitude of gamers, Germany is still losing out on market share in the sector.
Germany's video game association has warned that without state support, developers stand little chance in a booming industry. But the government could be looking to change that. DW examines the situation.
Germany is the world's fifth largest gaming market but it rarely turns up as a backdrop for video games. That was clear once again at the Gamescom fair. But there's hope. Indie developers are showing what's possible.
The Gamescom in Germany is Europe's biggest trade fair for interactive games. DW talked with media scientist Jörg Müller-Lietzkow about gaming addiction, with the expert in the middle of a virtual car race.
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