Team


Executive Board

Lars Janssen

Chairman of the Executive Board

About Lars
(he/him)

Lars joined Plaion, a leading producer, marketer and publishing partner for Europe and the rest of the world headquartered in Munich, Germany, in November 2019 as Vice President Worldwide Studios & Talent. [show more]There he is responsible for the coordination and cooperation of internal and external development studios. Previously, he spent nine years in various positions at Travian Games, one of the largest online games companies in Germany – since 2015 in the role of CEO.

 


Julia Pfiffer

Deputy Chairwoman of the Executive Board

About Julia
(she/her)

Julia has been Co-Managing Director of astragon Entertainment GmbH since 2017. [show more]She started her career in the games industry in 2004 at Koch Media as Label & Sales Manager. She worked for rondomedia as Sales Manager from 2010 to 2013. From 2014, Julia was Head of Sales & Marketing and Deputy Managing Director at astragon Sales & Services and subsequently at astragon Entertainment. As Co-Managing Director of astragon Entertainment, Julia was instrumental in supporting the merger of the two astragon Group companies and the sale to Team 17 PLC in January 2022.

 


Johanna Janiszewski

game Executive Board member

About Johanna
(she/her)

Johanna is the founder and CEO of Tiny Crocodile Studios, which won the German Computer Game Award 2018 in the category “Best Children’s Game” with “Monkey Swag”, among others. [show more]In addition, she has previously worked as a game designer at various development studios, is active in the field of game design on a freelance basis and holds workshops on game development.

 


Christian Kluckner

game Executive Board member

About Christian
(he/him)

Christian is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Chimera Entertainment, a developer studio that has published more than 25 games for various platforms since its foundation in 2006. [show more]Chimera Entertainment is one of the largest owner-managed game developers in Germany and was awarded the German Computer Game Prize (DCP) in the category “Best Mobile Game” in 2013 with their game “Word Wonders: The Tower of Babel”. Christian supports the game with his many years of experience as Founder, Operations Director and Managing Director.

 


Ralf Wirsing

game Executive Board member

About Ralf
(he/him)

Ralf has been Managing Director Europe at Ubisoft since 2022. [show more]Previously, he was responsible for Ubisoft’s business in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for around 15 years as Managing Director of the German branch in Düsseldorf. In 1997, he started at Ubisoft in product management and then moved to PR. From 2000, he worked in business development and was involved in the integration of Gamebusters Salzburg into the Ubisoft Group. Since 2003, he has been in charge of software development at Blue Byte GmbH as Development Director and was also responsible for business development and IT at Ubisoft.

 


Office

Felix Falk

Felix Falk (game)

Managing Director
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 0
E-Mail

About Felix
(he/him)

Felix has been Managing Director of game since 1 February 2018. In January 2017, he was appointed Managing Director of BIU, the German Games Industry Association. [show more]He oversaw the merger of the two associations BIU and GAME into game – the German Games Industry Association and assumed the position of Managing Director of the joint association for the German games sector. Prior to this role, Felix Falk was the Managing Director of Germany’s Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body (USK) from 2009 to 2016. As vice-chairman of the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC) during this period, he was jointly responsible among other things for the global rating standard for online games and apps. From 2004 to 2009, he served as the Head of Office for Monika Griefahn, Chairwoman of the Committee on Cultural and Media Affairs within the German Bundestag. In this capacity, Felix Falk was also responsible for the topic of computer games, and oversaw, among other things, the creation of the Deutsche Computerspielpreis, the most important german computer games award, which were passed by the Bundestag in 2008 and were presented for the first time in 2009.

 


Velyana Angelova

Public Relations Manager
Telefon: +49 30 240877912
E-Mail

About Velyana
(she/her)

After graduating in media and communication studies at the Free University of Berlin, Velyana was able to gain in-depth experience as a PR consultant in numerous sectors such as technology, education and e-commerce at various communication agencies. [show more]At game, she joins the press and public relations team as PR manager.

 


Christian Baur

Director of gamescom & Events
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 0
E-Mail

About Christian
(he/him)

Christian looks back on a long career in the games industry. In recent years he has worked as Brand and Marketing Manager, Product Director, Producer and most recently as Director of Marketing for international games companies. [show more]Since April 2019, Christian is the head of the gamescom & events division at game. He brings in his numerous experiences in the areas of marketing, product and project management as well as software development.

 


Ina Göring

Director of Membership & Funding
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 0
E-Mail

About Ina
(she/her)

Having graduated as a film and television producer at Film University Babelsberg, Ina started her career as a production manager, producer and director in the film, television and animation industry. [show more]Afterwards she joined the media team (film and games) of ILB (Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg) the investment and business promotion bank of the federal state of Brandenburg. Most recently, Ina worked as a consultant for Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg – the media funding institution for Germany’s capital region. She was responsible for the funding programs ‘Innovative Audiovisual Content’ (Games, VR, AR) and ‘Media Development’ (events). Ina is Head of Membership at game and the association’s contact for all questions regarding funding-related topics and supports the regional agencies in their work.

 


Ines Harmuth

Manager Membership
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 0
E-Mail

About Ines
(she/her)

During her studies of Media and Political Communication at the Free University of Berlin, Ines worked in PR in the publishing business and as a TV production assistant in Ireland. She wrote her master thesis on serious games. [show more]After completing her university degree, she initially worked in the campaigns and events department of WWF Germany and then went on to become customer success manager in the digital entertainment industry at the Webedia Group, where she was mainly responsible for gaming projects. At game, Ines uses her experiences as manager for membership, services and indie.

 


 

Claudia Hartwig

Office Management
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 0
E-Mail

About Claudia
(she/her)

Claudia has many years of experience as an assistant, including with games industry publishers such as Frogster Online Gaming, Gameforge and Aeria Games. [show more]She is the beating heart of the association and the person to talk to in all matters relating to office organisation. As such, she is responsible for office management, accounting and management´s assistance.

 


Dr. Christian-Henner Hentsch

Director Legal & Regulatory Affairs
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 0
E-Mail

About Henner
(he/him)

Henner Hentsch works as Legal Counsel for game since January 2016. Before he represented VG Media, a collecting society for broadcasters and press publishers and he also was working at the German Bundestag. Additionally he is a professor for copyright and media law at TH Köln.

 


Lea Sophia Hepp

Lea Sophia Hepp (game)Manager Public Affairs
Phone: +49 30 240 8779 21
E-Mail

About Lea
(she/her)

Lea obtained her master’s degree in global communication with an emphasize on political communication in Erfurt and Tartu (Estonia). [mehr]She gained practical experience in political communication at the VDA in Brussels, on the agency side in Berlin and last but not least in university politics during her bachelor studies at KU Eichstätt. Lea uses this experience to support game as a manager for Public Affairs.

 


Aleksandar Kovacevic

Aleksandar Kovacevic (game)Manager Digital Marketing & consultant esports
Phone: +49 030 240 8779-14
E-Mail

About Aleksandar
(he/him)

Directly after his studies of social sciences at the University of Cologne, Aleksander built up his expertise in content and influencer marketing in international agencies. [show more]At game he is part of the gamescom & events team and supports the digital marketing of gamescom. In addition, he looks after the game esports members as a consultant Esports.

 


Marcel Meister

Office Assistance IT
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 18
E-Mail

About Marcel
(he/him)

After his bachelor’s degree in print and media technology, Marcel worked in the digital team at Messe Berlin. [mehr]He was able to deepen the skills he acquired there in the area of live events and content management in his master’s degree in print and media technology with a focus on project management. Afterwards, Marcel supervised live and on-demand video productions, was a reviewer for the Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (Entertainment Software Self-Regulation, abbreviated USK) and is responsible for IT and applications at game.

 

 


Christoph Plewe

Manager Membership & Talent
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 23
E-Mail

About Christoph
(he/him)

During his bachelor’s and master’s degree in communication science, Christoph examined the potential and development of digital games in political communication and journalism. [show more]After finishing his studies he published articles on this topic in international scientific journals and coordinated the development of a serious game, which was presented at gamescom in cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education. Together with experts from the games industry, he gave lectures and workshops on game design for politics, culture and journalism. At game, Christoph now takes care of the areas of talent (education, research, HR) and member services.

 


Martin Puppe

Director of PR
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 0
E-Mail

About Martin
(he/him)

Directly after completing his degree in political science, Martin began a PR traineeship in the media department at Bitkom, Germany’s digital association / the German Federal Association for Information Technology. [show more]As a trainee and subsequently as a consultant, he was responsible among other things for games, consumer electronics and apps. At game, he is responsible for public relations.

 


Maren Raabe

Maren Schulz (game)Director of PA
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 15
E-Mail

About Maren
(she/her)

As of October 2017 Maren holds the game’s position of Head of PA. Preceding that she held a communications role at the TV and radio trade association VAUNET, where she arrived after stopovers at a business law firm, a real estate trade association and the radio group REGIOCAST. [show more]Apart from her studies in law and PR traineeship, Maren was able to gather political experience on a federal and state level.

 


Isabel Schmutz

Projektmanager Mitglieder
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 11
E-Mail

About Isabel
(she/her)

Isabel completed her bachelor’s degree in communication psychology with a focus on multimedia communication where she already worked with video games. [mehr]Alongside her studies, she began working in the games industry as a student trainee in the field of game design and quality assurance. After graduating, she started as a junior game designer. At the game association, Isabel is responsible for membership project management.

 


Marten Stübing

Digital Communcations Manager
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 0
E-Mail

About Marten
(he/him)

Marten studied digital media culture at Film University Babelsberg and worked parallel as a freelance student assistant at rbb Fernsehen. [show more]He then worked in digital communications for Coca-Cola Germany. At game, Marten is part of the press and public relations team and is primarily responsible for the website, newsletter and social media channels.

 


Timm Walter

Manager gamescom & Events
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 0
E-Mail

About Timm
(he/him)

After completing his master’s degree in political science and sociology at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Timm gained extensive experience in the political environment as an employee of a large people’s party. [show more]Afterwards he was head of the (old) GAME e.V. office, responsible for the operative business and member support. For the game association he uses his experience from industry and politics as project manager for gamescom and other events.

 


Markus Wille

Markus Wille (game)Market Research Manager
Telefon: +49 30 240 87 79 0
E-Mail

About Markus
(he/him)

Markus studied political science with a focus on political culture and communication in Duisburg. [show more]He first worked for a market research institute after his graduation and then worked as a research analyst for a German direct insurance company. At game, Markus takes care of everything to do with market research.

 


Denise Zimmermann

Team Assistance
Telefon: +49 30 240 87 79 0
E-Mail

About Denise
(she/her)

During her training as a media clerk at Axel Springer SE, Denise was responsible for various areas of the media and event industry. [show more]She gained further experience as a junior marketing manager at an educational publishing house and as an office and feel-good manager at a company in the real estate industry. At game, she actively supports the team in all matters as a team assistant.