Review: International Games Week Berlin 2016

April 18-24, 2016

Save the Date for next year: APRIL 24-30, 2017: BERLIN

This was 2016:

  • 12 Events, 12 Venues, 7 Days
  • 13.000 Attendees, 250 Volunteers, 300 Journalists

Games Week Center 2016 Gallery

Games Week Berlin Center 2016 Review

The Games Week Berlin Center is the first contact point for visitors, speakers, the press and all interested visitors. It hosts a central accreditation desk, info-points, entertainment and a press lounge. Visitors played games and music, could meet and greet in the Gibson tour bus and connect the 12 different events and venues.

Quo Vadis 2016 Gallery

Quo Vadis 2016 Review

True to the meaning of the conference’s Latin name, Quo Vadis – “Where are you going?”, the conference is a platform for debate on the development of the games industry as a whole, on future trends and challenges. Quo Vadis has established itself as the most important international game developers’ conference in Germany, and is Europe’s think tank for the future of the entire industry. The event has been held in Berlin since 2007 and drews around 3,000 visitors every year. Featuring a broad range of panel discussions, presentations and workshops, the developer-focused conference provides an insight into industry trends and was the opening event of the INTERNATIONAL GAMES WEEK BERLIN. Quo Vadis is organized by Aruba Events GmbH.

A MAZE. / Berlin 2016 Gallery

A MAZE. / Berlin 2016 Review

For the fifth time the host, A MAZE. GmbH, celebrated indie games development and game art in Berlin in 2016. The A MAZE. Award, the creative game development conference, the interactive exhibition of the nominees as well as the legendary parties have become must attend events not only for the indie developer scene. Target groups are Indie developers, gamers, creatives, media artists, fashionistas, trend setters and noobs. With about 6.000 visitors each year, A MAZE. / Berlin has grown to be Europe's leading independent video games festival.

Gamefest am Computerspielemuseum 2016 Gallery

Gamefest am Computerspielemuseum 2016 Review

The exhibition at the Computerspielemuseum, the world‘s first public video game museum, offers unique local multiplayer gaming opportunities, special guests and cosplay and LARP events. With the Gamefest, established in 2012, it marks the public event for gamers, retro nerds, families and friends within International Games Week Berlin. It provides formats for every generation and attracts around 3.500 visitors every year. Attendants vary from hardcore gamers to culturally interested visitors.

Womenize! 2016 Gallery

Womenize! 2016 Review

Womenize! is the action day for talents in tech, digital business and media. Offering practical and theoretical program parts, the event is designed specifically for women who seek to build a career in the fields of media and digital economy, the games industry or IT. Established in 2015, the second edition of Womenize! attracted 150 visitors from around the world. In encompasses a high-profile international conference, workshops and job-expo. The day is wrapped up by a networking get-together at the venue of Microsoft Berlin with speakers, partners and attendants. It is organized by Booster Space.

Matchmaking Dinner 2016 Gallery

Matchmaking Dinner 2016 Review

The Matchmaking Dinner unites and promotes networking between the most important decision-makers from the games, information, communications and technology industries as well as politics and institutions. A carefully selected seating arrangement ensures for relevant 'matching' and promotes sustainable networking. The Matchmaking Dinner is the most elegant way to make high profile contacts to speakers, VIPs, investors and politics. It is organized by berlin-brandenburg and International Games Week Berlin, in cooperation with Aruba Events, and funded by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

Game Cinema 2016 Gallery

Game <3 Cinema 2016 Review

Game <3 Cinema transforms the cinema into a gaming station! The new event format connects the best of both worlds: the spectacle of the big screen and the social experience of going to the movie theater with the interactive enjoyment of gameplay. Attendants can choose to join the action or enjoy the show as a spectator. At Game <3 Cinema, local multiplayer games are played by several players in the same space on the same screen. The tournament sessions of Kopanito All Star Soccer and Rogue Stormers were held for around 50 attendees. In cooperation with FilmPOLSKA and Gamefest at the Computerspielemuseum, organized by Booster Space.

PlayChamp! 2016 Gallery

PlayChamp! 2016 Review

PlayChamp! is a multiplayer tournament event played out in a cinema. After the highscore qualifiers at Saturn LP12 Berlin the Play Champ! finals were played out at the cinema Babylon Berlin. 16 teams, 4 elimination rounds, 4 different games, 1 Play Champ! Hosted by PietSmiet.

VR & Games Investment Booster 2016 Gallery

VR & Games Investment Booster 2016 Review

VR and Game Developers of Content and Technology meet VC Companies, Business Angels and other Investors. With this compact 2-hours event (plus networking) the International Games Week Berlin boosts the VR & Games industry to the next level. 10 preselected developers get the chance to pitch their company or game/product to a number of international investors. A jury of experts gives open feedback to the devs and entrepreneurs. After the showcase there is time for mixing, questions and bilateral pitches. Organized by Booster Space in partnership with Media Deals Investment Network, supported by Fiware (Startup Europe), in cooperation with Quo Vadis. and A MAZE. / Berlin. Hosted by Dentons.

researching games BarCamp 2016 Gallery

researching games BarCamp 2016 Review

Connecting young game scholars across all academic disciplines since 2011, the researching games BarCamp made its debut in Berlin in 2016. In cooperation with the GAME CHANGER Institute (located at the University for Applied Sciences Berlin), the BarCamp offers a unique opportunity for students and researchers from all fields to discuss all things games – but in its own style: informal, passionate and community-driven. KickOff 2016 Gallery KickOff 2016 Review had its official kickoff event at the Nordic Embassies in Berlin. Presentations, an open discussion and networking opportunities for companies, institutions, events and networks from the German, Scandinavian, Baltic and Polish regions. is an initiative of berlinbrandenburg e. V., financed by the EUROPEAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUNDS and co-financed by the State of Berlin – Investing in your future! Supported by the Nordic Embassies.

Making Games Talents 2016 Review

Germany’s most successful recruiting event for the games industry, Making Games Talents, takes place at the Mediadesign Hochschule in Berlin-Kreuzberg. With over 300 successfully mediated jobs at more than 40 different companies, it is regularly sold out within the first week and attracts 120 job-seekers from all different fields of expertise. According to the host, Wepedia, at each event more than 90% of the exhibitors find new employees and over 20% of all attendees receive job offers afterwards.

Saturn Friday Night Sale 2016 Review

The Saturn LP12 Mall of Berlin Friday night sale during International Games Week Berlin offered lots of music and special offers.

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Map of Games Week Berlin 2016

Review of International Games Week Berlin 2014

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Review of International Games Week Berlin 2015

The INTERNATIONAL GAMES WEEK BERLIN 2015 attracted more than 12.000 attendants from 35 countries. It has proven to be the leading cross-industry communication and networking platform for games business, development and culture in Europe. Over seven days, the umbrella brand combined 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.

About International Games Week Berlin 2017

The #gamesweekberlin from April 24–30, 2017, is the leading cross-industry communication and networking platform for games business, development and culture in Europe. Over seven days, the umbrella brand combines multiple events for industry representatives and game enthusiasts alike. In 2016 about 13.000 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 (12.000 in 2015).