The Berlin gaming industry has the strongest growth nationwide. No other location has such a dense and diverse gaming infrastructure.
About 200 companies (> 15 employees) generate annual sales of more than 250 million euros. These include development studios, publishers, distributors, and service providers for e.g. localization, sound, advertising, payment systems, etc.
»Wooga would not be imaginable as it is today in any other European city: Berlin is international, creative, and affordable. Over half of our 280 employees moved to Berlin from abroad to work for us. In addition, sparks have really begun to fly in recent years and Berlin is increasingly attracting international VCs and international press.«Jens Begemann, Founder & CEO, Wooga
Berlin is home to a traditionally strong developer scene with numerous indie studios and pioneers in the industry. The focus is on social games, online, browser games, mobile games, serious games, and virtual worlds. More and more renowned international games companies such as Ubisoft, Smilegate, King, Epic Games, Wargaming, and Riot Games are drawn to the Spree. Here you will find highly qualified specialists and talent from all over the world, networks, and international industry events:
- Headquarters of successful companies, such as Wooga, YAGER, GameDuell, Hitfox, Epic Games, King, Wargaming, Ubisoft, and Smilegate,
- Headquarters of important institutions, networks, and associations such as game, games:net berlinbrandenburg, USK, and Stiftung digitale Spielekultur.
Hardly any other location in Europe has such an extensive educational offering in the games sector as Berlin. State colleges, private educational institutions, and research institutions offer study courses or training with a focus on gaming, 3D animation, or media management:
Dense support in the form of consulting, financing and subsidies provides the perfect environment for inward investment, startups and innovative projects:
The Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises and the Brandenburg Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy assist the industry with subsidies or loans for capital investment, salaries and technology-oriented R&D projects, as well
as with infrastructure projects, competitions and trade show presentations.
Funding by the Investitionsbank Berlin
VC Fonds Kreativwirtschaft Berlin
The VC Fonds Kreativwirtschaft Berlin has been conceived as a venture capital fund by the Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) and the state of Berlin. The fund strengthens the equity base of small and medium-sized high-growth companies of Berlin’s creative industries by providing venture capital.
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
Medienboard funds all genres of high-quality, entertaining, and marketable games.
EU-Förderung: Creative Europe
The EU program Creative Europe Media promotes the development of innovative games and games concepts.