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Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck is to attend the official opening of gamescom 2023 on 23 August, as announced today by Koelnmesse and game – the German Games Industry Association. After having to cancel his appearance at last year’s gamescom on short notice and instead sending a lengthy video message, the economic minister will travel to Cologne to attend the trade visitor and media day in person this year. In addition to his appearance at the official opening event on the afternoon of 23 August, Habeck will tour the trade fair the following day to gain an impression of current trends in the game industry.

‘Following the economic minister’s positive message to us last year, we very much look forward to welcoming Robert Habeck to Cologne in person in 2023,’ says Felix Falk, Managing Director of game – the German Games Industry Association. ‘Together, we will survey the current developments in the game industry. In addition, we plan to discuss the challenges facing game companies in Germany and the path to making this country even more internationally competitive as a location for game production.’

Gerald Böse, President and CEO of Koelnmesse GmbH, says: ‘Economic Minister Robert Habeck’s visit underscores the prominence of gamescom – as the largest game event worldwide and the game industry’s most important business platform in Europe. gamescom has long since become an international flagship for Germany as a trade fair and event location.’