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Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Scheuer and Minister of State for Digitalisation Bär open gamescom 2019

Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Andreas Scheuer opened gamescom this year together with Minister of State for Digitalisation Dorothee Bär. This was announced by game - the German Games Industry Association and the organiser Koelnmesse today. Federal Minister Andreas Scheuer and Minister of State for Digitalisation Dorothee Bär will speak on 20 August at the opening of gamescom and then participate in the opening tour. In addition to Scheuer and Bär, Dr Joachim Stamp, Deputy Minister President of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and Minister for Children, Family, Refugees and Integration, as well as Mayor of Cologne Henriette Reker will offer words of welcome at the opening. During the subsequent tour, the political guests will be informed about the current trends of the games industry and the highlights of this year's gamescom.

The opening event of gamescom takes place on 20 August at 10:30 a.m. in the Konrad-Adenauer-Saal of Congress Centre North. The event is only accessible for invited guests and for journalists accredited for gamescom.

"We are very pleased to be able to welcome Andreas Scheuer, the Federal Minister responsible for the promotion of games, to the opening of gamescom in Cologne. Here we hope to discuss the right basic conditions for the games industry in Germany with the Minister of State for Digitalisation Dorothee Bär and the other political guests and provide an overview of the current trends of our medium", says Felix Falk, Managing Director of game – the German Games Industry Association.

Journalists can apply for accreditation for gamescom via the following link:
www.gamescom.global/accreditation   

About gamescom

gamescom is the world’s largest event for computer and video games and Europe’s largest business platform for the games industry. Hundreds of thousands of visitors from hundreds of countries celebrate the latest games live at the event in Cologne. They are joined by millions of fans across the globe on digital channels. With the business area, the entertainment area, the developer conference devcom, the gamescom congress and the gamescom city festival, gamescom covers games culture in all its diversity. In 2019, gamescom opens its doors to trade visitors on Tuesday, 20 August 2019, and to members of the public on Wednesday, 21 August 2019. gamescom is jointly organised by Koelnmesse and game – the German Games Industry Association.

Koelnmesse – Global Competence in Digital Media, Entertainment and Mobility: Koelnmesse is an international leader in organising trade fairs in the Digital Media, Entertainment and Mobility segments. Trade fairs like photokina, DMEXCO, gamescom, INTERMOT and THE TIRE COLOGNE are established as leading international trade fairs. Koelnmesse not only organises trade fairs in these areas in Cologne, but also in other growth markets like, for example, China, Singapore and Thailand, which have different areas of focus and content. These global activities offer customers of Koelnmesse tailor-made events in different markets, which guarantee sustainable and international business.

The next events:
gamescom - The world's largest trade fair and event highlight for interactive games and entertainment (with trade visitor and media day), Cologne 20.08. - 24.08.2019
DMEXCO - , Cologne 11.09. - 12.09.2019
photokina - IMAGING UNLIMITED, Cologne 27.05. - 30.05.2020


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