#gamesweekberlin Newsletter: April 14, 2015
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Opening Events of A MAZE. / Berlin & Gamefest at the Computerspielemuseum
1. PietSmiet, Rockstah & More at Gamefest Opening
2. Ticket Discount for Making Games Talents
3. A MAZE. / Berlin Festival Opening

4. Google and Amazon at Quo Vadis Conference
5. Welcome to Berlin-Brandenburg!
6. KOTRA Brings Korean Game Companies to Berlin
7. BIU.Dev & BIU.Net Reception at Kino International
8. The new WIRED Germany: "Future is a mindset"
9. Safe Space Policy for Diversity and Tolerance
PietSmiet, Rockstah & More at Gamefest Opening

The Gamefest at the Computerspielemuseum, the world‘s first video game museum, is the public event for gamers, retro nerds, families and friends within the International Games Week Berlin. This year, it takes place from April 23 to 26. The Opening at Kino International and Kulturhaus Alte Feuerwache in Friedrichshain is held on Thursday, April 23, and includes the following highlights:
  • Let's Play with Peter Smits (PietSmiet) playing "The Witcher 3"
  • German Nerd Rap by Rockstah
  • Chiptune Music by Desert Planet
  • Opening of the Exhibition "Supersample - Pixel at an Exhibition"
  • Theater Performance "Yet Another World" by extraleben
  • DJ Sets by Mijk van Dijk and René Breitbarth
  • Visuals by Paul Wiersbinski (Nepal Video Club)
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Ticket Discount for Making Games Talents

The most successful recruitment event for the German games industry returns to Berlin on April 25! Making Games Talents covers all aspects of game development from internships to management positions and is aimed at programmers, graphic artists and game designers as much as translators, business analysts and marketing managers. Overall, more than 150 jobs are offered. Among the companies present at the auditorium of MDH Berlin will be Daedalic, Promotion Software, InnoGames and Aeria Games.

Studios have 20 minutes time to introduce their requirements, merits and current projects, and to commend themselves as your new employer. Subsequently, job-seekers can talk to the company representatives and hand in their applications. Tickets are 29.00 EUR, but the first fifteen people to use the code "MGBER2015IGW" can save 10.00 EUR on their ticket!

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A MAZE. / Berlin Festival Opening

For the fourth time, the International Independent Videogames Festival A MAZE. / Berlin from April 22 to 24 brings together international independent game developers, digital creatives and game enthusiasts in Berlin. A MAZE. / Berlin is also a public festival with a mind-blowing music lineup, an exhibition of experimental independent video games, virtual reality experiences and interactive installations.

The Festival Opening on April 22 features music performances by Jerry Mickle, Failnaut, PeroPero, Transformer di Roboter and Lobst3r. The public exhibition consists of "The other A MAZE. selection", The Brain - Playful installation, Pop Up Games, Open Screens, Indie Arena, More VR selection and the 20 nominees of the A MAZE. Awards 2015.

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Updated Womenize! Program Now Online

15 Years of Games Academy & Quo Vadis Closing

German Video Game Awards (DCP): Audience Voting

Tickets for the International Games Week Berlin 2015
Google and Amazon at Quo Vadis Conference

The full schedule of the upcoming Quo Vadis conference from April 21 to 23 is now online. Meet more than 130 industry experts from all over the world at 110 talks, workshops and panels. Highlights include the free Amazon Appstore Developer Workshop on Tuesday and the Best of Quo Vadis show in cooperation with Google on Wednesday.

Have an Android app or even an idea for an app? Join Amazon Appstore for a half-day event in Berlin on April 21 at Cafe Moskau. The free developer workshop is designed to give you the essential tips, tricks and tools to distribute your app to Amazon customers. At the end of the session, you will be able to publish your Android app directly to the Amazon Appstore.

At "Best of Quo Vadis 2015" on April 22, up to 15 indie, newcomer or student teams have a chance to pitch their projects on the stage of Kino International. The winner receives $100.000 Google Cloud Platform credit and a bag full of money. Apply online to get two free tickets for Quo Vadis conference and to show off your game.

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Welcome to Berlin-Brandenburg!

"For the games industry, Berlin-Brandenburg has long been a site that attracts international attention and respect. This is demonstrated by the 10,000 visitors that came to the International Games Week Berlin last year. One of the industry's most important communication and networking platforms has emerged here and we are happy to welcome the games world in the capital region again next week."
– Elmar Giglinger, CEO at Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

Next week, Berlin-Brandenburg will again become the center of attention of the global games industry. Our two International Berlin Bustours will give visitors the best possible impression of the area. Here is some more information for you: Creativity, internationality as well as great training and networking opportunities accelerate the pace of innovation and make Berlin the start-up capital of Europe. The particular lifestyle due to a versatile creative and cultural scene, hip clubs and restaurants, cost effectiveness and a unique history make the area a great breeding ground for the games of the future.

The outstanding performance of the games industry in the German capital region is indicated by many factors: increasing sales and employment figures, the location of major international games companies, a well-connected developer scene, and the reputation as a games metropolis with enormous innovative output and potential. Excellent public funding opportunities set the financial course – Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg for example has been promoting the development of "innovative audiovisual content" since 2006.

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KOTRA Brings Korean Game Companies to Berlin

We're happy to announce that KOTRA (Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency), an agency of the Korean government supporting business between Korean and foreign companies, will take part in the International Games Week Berlin. On Thursday, April 23, six Korean game companies will be presented at the KOREA GAME PREVIEW during Quo Vadis conference. Meet promising Korean developers and preview new games that will be published later this year. Publishers, investors and everyone else interested in Korean games are welcome! If you have any questions about KOTRA or the event, please contact Hyeyun Kim at

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BIU.Dev & BIU.Net Reception at Kino International

BIU.Dev & BIU.Net are inviting you to their reception with Currywurst and cocktails on Wednesday, April 22, from 5.30 to 7.00 p.m. at Kino International, Karl-Marx-Allee 33 (vis-à-vis Café Moskau). Meet the BIU team and other network members. Have a drink and hear the latest news about BIU.Dev & BIU.Net.

The industry networks BIU.Dev & BIU.Net are directed towards developers as well as all other market participants with the goal of creating a German-wide network of exchange and support for the games industry. They are aiming at strengthening Germany as an international hot spot for game development. Moreover they are offering several attractive services and discounts to their members.

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The new WIRED Germany: "Future is a mindset"

WIRED is one of the most influential and best-known media brands in the world, with cult status in the digital and innovation scene. WIRED reports on issues from technology, digital culture, science, business, and design and is dedicated to the people, innovations, and big ideas that change our lives forever.

Each person should be able to read WIRED Germany when, where, and how he or she wants. That's why the WIRED+ membership model was developed: In addition to the print magazine, WIRED+ members can read the stories in the magazine anytime at - plus member-exclusive multi-media packages, news and topical background articles. Furthermore, WIRED+ members become part of the WIRED community and enjoy benefits like invitations and preferential conditions for future events such as conferences or workshops, and members-only events.

Subscribe now: 3 months, print & digital, for the price of 2 – only € 9. Save 33%!

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Safe Space Policy for Diversity and Tolerance

The International Games Week Berlin is committed to diversity and tolerance in the games industry. Therefore, we decided to introduce a Safe Space Policy for all of our events. All organizers agree not to tolerate discrimination and harassment and to ensure an atmosphere in which all participants feel comfortable. We provide a contact person whom all participants may contact in case they don’t feel safe and protected at any of the events.

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The INTERNATIONAL GAMES WEEK BERLIN from April 21–26, 2015, is the leading cross-industry communication and networking platform for games business, development and culture in Europe. Over six days, the umbrella brand combines more than eleven events for industry representatives and game enthusiasts alike. In 2014, about 10,000 international and German game developers, publishers, investors and representatives of public institutions and the media industry as well as gamers, families and fans came to Berlin.

The INTERNATIONAL GAMES WEEK BERLIN 2015 connects a variety of events, including the opening event Opening Summit, the games business and development conference Quo Vadis, the independent video games festival A MAZE. / Berlin, Gamefest at the Computer Games Museum, Womenize! Tech, Digital Business and Media, Matchmaking Dinner, Making Games Talents, 15 Years of Games Academy Party, Franco German Game Initiative, CGC BarTalk, Apps World Germany, and many more; in cooperation with the German Video Game Awards (Deutscher Computerspielpreis). The INTERNATIONAL GAMES WEEK BERLIN follows in the footsteps of the DGT – Deutsche Gamestage – an event initiated by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg in Berlin in 2007. Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg supports many of the individual events.

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