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Games Industry in the Capital Region

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  • Berlin

“Berlin‘s higher education landscape provides the ideal conditions for the growing games industry. Highly specialised degree programs with partly affiliated research centers are very sensibly underpinned by numerous offers for vocational games training.” EDUCATION Prof. Susanne Brandhorst Co-Founder DE:HIVE at HTW Berlin Almost no other region in Europe provides such an extensive spectrum of educational opportunities as Berlin-Brandenburg. At universities such as HTW Berlin and the Berlin University of the Arts, students can take degree courses that focus on the gaming industry. The Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF offers classes in animation, sound and creative technologies. Private institutions such as GAMES ACADEMY, SAE Institute, Macromedia University for Media and Communication, BTK (University of Applied Sciences Europe), Mediadesign Hochschule and the School for Games all offer training courses in the heart of Berlin. Research institutes such as the Digital Games Research Center in Potsdam and the DE:HIVE Institute at HTW Berlin – University of Applied Sciences are active in games research. EDUCATION HTW Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin / Berlin School of Popular Arts / Macromedia University

FUNDING Comprehensive support in the form of consulting, financing and subsidies provide the perfect environment for inward investment, start-ups and innovative projects. Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg supports the development of digital games as well as networking projects on national, international and cross-sectoral levels. The national funding program systematically supports game developments in Germany with loans of up to several million Euro. 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. Projekt Zukunft develops strategies for Berlin as a location and ecosystem for the digital and creative economy. The guiding principle is for Berlin to be a creative, innovative and economically successful metropolis with an international presence. The investment banks of Berlin and Brandenburg have set up venture capital funds to invest in start-ups during their initial and growth phases. Two regional economic development agencies, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology and Brandenburg Invest (WFBB), provide information about the range of support and financing options. “Government funding is a big part of our financing and very important to us. We got our first funding for Through the Darkest of Times through Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg in 2017. And that gave us the chance to found Paintbucket Games.“ Sebastian St. Schulz Art Director / Co-Founder Paintbucket Games design akademie berlin / Games Academy / SAE Institute / S4G School for Games / Best Sabel Berufsfachschule für Design

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