Opening Summit 2015

Official Opening Event

Together with all initiators, organizers, speakers, partners, sponsors and VIPs, the Opening Summit marks the starting point of the INTERNATIONAL GAMES WEEK BERLIN. At this official opening event, international experts present and discuss key industry trends and topics. Local and international politicians take stands on judicial and economic circumstances. The Opening Summit combines the key topics of the partner events on one stage, attracting media and press attention. The event is organized by Booster Space.

April 21
Kino International
Karl-Marx-Allee 33, 10178 Berlin
Invite only
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Video footage of the Opening Summit

Impressions 2015

Program Overview

Opening Ceremony

Time Program Details
1.30 Registration
2.00 Official Opening of the International Games Week Berlin 2015 Fumiko Lipp, Journalist at Bayerischer Rundfunk
2.05 Political Opening Björn Böhning, Head of the Berlin Senate Chancellery
2.10 Introduction of the Funding Partner Elmar Giglinger, CEO at Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Michael Liebe, Head of International Games Week Berlin & CEO of Booster Space
2.15 Introduction of the Core Events Quo Vadis: Stephan Reichart
Gamefest at the Computerspielemuseum: Andreas Lange
A MAZE./ Berlin: Thorsten Wiedemann
Womenize!: Ruth Lemmen
Making Games Talents: Sebastian Weber
CGC BarTalk: Oliver Fedtke
15 Years of Games Academy: Thomas Dlugaiczyk
matchmaking Dinner: Andrea Peters
Franco-German Game Initiative: Emmanuel Suard
Announcement Deutscher Computerspielreis (German Video Game Awards): Dr. Maximilian Schenk
2.30 Political Welcoming Brigitte Zypries, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Partner Statement / Video Bluebyte

Opening Summit

Time Program Details
2.40 Institutional Keynote: Recent and Needed Developments in the EU Guillaume de Fondaumière, Co-CEO & Executive Producer at Quantic Dream, President of EGDF & SNJV
2.55 German Video Game Awards Best Presentation
3.00 Political Keynote Dorothee Bär, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
3.15 German Video Game Awards Best Newcomer Concept
3.20 Developer Impulse: Technical Disruption and a New Golden Era of Games James Gwertzman, Founder & CEO of PlayFab
3.25 Break
3.40 Panel Discussion I
New Dimensions of Global Entertainment Culture: Games for Everyone and Everywhere Noah Falstein, Chief Game Designer at Google
Jaime Ocampo, Business Development Director at DeNA
Paul Cutsinger, Principal Evangelist at Amazon Appstore
John Robinson, General Manager at Nexon M
Moderation: Nicole DeMeo, Chief Marketing Officer at glispa
4.30 German Computer Game Awards Best Innovation
4.40 German Computer Game Awards Best Game Design
4.50 Panel Discussion II
New Realities of Core Gaming: Mobile, Competitive, Live Pascal Zuta, CEO at Aeria Games
Johannes Rolf, Founder & Managing Director of ad2games
Arne Peters, Vice Pesident ESL Technology & Business Development at Turtle Entertainment
Todd Harris, Co-Founder & CMO at Hi-Rez
Moderation: Nicole DeMeo, Chief Marketing Officer at glispa
5.40 German Video Game Awards Best International New IP
5.50 Institutional Closing: IARC – The New Global Age Rating Standard for Online-Games and Apps Felix Falk, Managing Director USK & Vice Chair at IARC


The Games Week Berlin and Quo Vadis Center at Kino International is the main hub for all visitors of the events of International Games Week Berlin. Speakers, attendants and journalists get their tickets here, find information on the schedule, events and locations, and a place to mingle with exhibitors such as Amazon Appstore and hitbox. It is home of the Opening Summit, the Quo Vadis keynotes and the opening party of Gamefest at the Computerspielemuseum.

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Tip: International Berlin Bustours

This tour gives you a perfect introduction into Berlin since reunification. The tour is placed in a historical context, but also outlines the setting of Berlin nowadays. It focuses on urban planning, politics, culture and economy both in the historical center and along the former Berlin wall, but a substantial part of the tour also revolves around recent developments in the digital economy with a focus on the games industry.