German Minister for Economic Affairs Robert Habeck will open gamescom 2023

Berlin, 08 May 2023 – 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.’

About gamescom

gamescom is the world’s largest event for computer and video games, as well as Europe’s largest business platform for the games industry. In 2023, gamescom will be held from Tuesday, 22 August, to Sunday, 27 August, in Cologne and online. Gamescom is jointly organised by Koelnmesse and game – the German Games Industry Association.

game – the German Games Industry Association

We are the association of the German games industry. Our members include developers, publishers and many other games industry actors such as esports event organisers, educational establishments and service providers. As a joint organiser of gamescom, we are responsible for the world’s biggest event for computer and video games. We are an expert partner for media and for political and social institutions, and answer questions relating to market development, games culture and media literacy. Our mission is to make Germany the best games location.

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Martin Puppe
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Martin Puppe
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