Team


Executive Board

Ralf Wirsing

Ralf Wirsing (Chairman of the board)

Chairman of the Executive Board

About Ralf

Ralf started at Ubisoft 1997 in product management and then switched to PR. As of 2000, he worked in business development and was involved in the integration of Gamebusters Salzburg into the Ubisoft Group. [show more]Since 2003, he has managed software development at Blue Byte GmbH as Development Director and was responsible for business development and IT at Ubisoft. As Managing Director of the German branch office in Düsseldorf he has been responsible for Ubisoft’s business in Germany, Austria and Switzerland since 2007. From 2016 to 2018 Ralf was a member of the board of BIU – Bundesverband Interaktive Unterhaltungssoftware, one of the two predecessor associations of game.

 


Linda Kruse

Linda Kruse (Stellvertretende Vorstandsvorsitzende game)Deputy Chairwoman of the Executive Board

About Linda

Linda is game designer and founder of the Good Evil GmbH from Cologne. Before her Master of Arts in Game Design she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Film Production. [show more]Linda has worked before, after and during this time as a producer, web designer and in film distribution. She is one of 25 women whose “inventions change our lives” (Edition F). Linda likes to combine her preference for non-linear narrative forms with that for wild animals and develops games for a better future, like “Squirrel & Bär” or “Serena Supergreen”. From April 2016 to January 2018 she was on the board of the GAME Bundesverband, one of the two predecessor associations of game.

 


Lars Janssen

Lars Janssen (Vorstandsmitglied game)

game Executive Board member

About Lars

Lars joined Koch Media in November 2019. Koch Media is a leading producer, marketer and publishing partner for Europe and the rest of the world with headquarters in Munich. [show more]He is responsible for cooperations with internal and external development studios. Prior to this, he spent nine years at Travian Games, one of Germany’s largest online games companies – since 2015 in the position of CEO. With his technical and economic background as well as over ten years of experience in the games industry, he focuses on forming outstanding teams, inspiring them and constantly advancing their development. In addition, he also brings his passion for games to the political arena and sees it as his mission to continuously improve the framework conditions for games development in Germany.

 


Jens Kosche

Jens Kosche (Vorstandsmitglied game)

game Executive Board member

About Jens

Jens is managing director of Electronic Arts for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He started his career in 1994 as assistant key account manager at Kraft Jacobs Suchard. [show more]In 1998 he joined Mars as National Account Manager. After brief periods at A.T. Kearney (2001) and as Account Manager for Johnson Wax (2001-2002), Jens joined EA in 2003, initially as Key Account Manager. After several sales positions he became Managing Director of Electronic Arts GSA in 2014.

 


Stefan Marcinek

Stefan Marcinek (Vorstandsmitglied game)

game Executive Board member

About Stefan

Stefan has been an active part of the games industry since the late 1990s. He founded the indie publisher Comport Interactive in 2003 and the independent games publisher and developer Kalypso Media in summer 2006. [show more]By the end of 2015, he sold his company shares and left the company to take on new challenges. In 2016, he founded the independent games publisher Assemble Entertainment in Wiesbaden, which also organizes the German developer conference GDD GermanDevDays. In 2017 Gentlymad Studios were founded as an internal Assemble development studio. From April 2016 to January 2018 Stefan was chairman of the board of GAME Bundesverband, one of the two predecessor associations of game.

 


Office

Felix Falk

Felix Falk (game)

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

About Felix

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.

 


Christian Baur

Christian Baur (game)

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

About Christian

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.

 


Florian Fels

Florian Fels (game)

Team Assistent
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 11
E-Mail

About Florian

After his training as a foreign language correspondent at Euro Akademie Berlin, Florian initially worked as freelance translator and interpreter and sharpened his profile with specialist translations in various directions. [show more]Subsequently, he represented the interests of German private radio stations and press publishers abroad at a German collecting society. Florian is now team assistant at game and is responsible for supporting all departments.

 


Ina Göring

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

About Ina

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). In Maren’s team at game, Ina is the association’s contact for all questions regarding funding-related topics and supports the regional agencies in their work.

 


Thorsten Hamdorf

Thorsten Hamdorf (game)Head of Marketing, Market Research & Services
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 0
E-Mail

About Thorsten

After completing a degree in business administration with a focus on marketing and international management, Thorsten held managerial positions in marketing, sales, product management and business development at various companies in the games and film industries. [show more]At game, he is responsible for market research, marketing and membership services.

 


Ines Harmuth

Manager Marketing & Services
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 0
E-Mail

About Ines

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 marketing and services.

 


 

Claudia Hartwig

Claudia Hartwig (game)Office Management
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 0
E-Mail

About Claudia

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 at game and serves as the assistant to the management.

 


Dr. Christian-Henner Hentsch

Dr. Christian-Henner Hentsch (game)Legal Counsel
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 0
E-Mail

About Henner

After completing degrees in law and history in Freiburg and Bonn, Henner served as a legal advisor to the vice chair of the CDU/CSU faction in the German parliament, covering the areas of copyright law and other fields of commercial law. [show more]He subsequently represented the interests of radio and television stations and newspaper and magazine publishers on behalf of the collecting society VG Media. He serves as a lecturer at the Kölner Forschungsstelle für Medienrecht (Cologne Research Institute for Media Law). At game, he is responsible for legal issues.

 


Aleksandar Kovacevic

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

About Aleksandar

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.

 


Falk Lockowandt

Falk Lockowandt (game)Junior Consultant Applications
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 0
E-Mail

About Falk

After his studies of philosophy and art history at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Falk additionally expanded his competences by training as a media manager for digital and print. [show more]Subsequently, he worked as Junior Consultant System Coordination CRM/SAP at the Bauer Media Group. For the game association, Falk is now in charge of IT and applications.

 

 


Christoph Plewe

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

About Christoph

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 services.

 


 Martin Puppe

Martin Puppe (game)Head of PR
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 0
E-Mail

About Martin

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)Head of PA
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 15
E-Mail

About Maren

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.

 


Sabine Saeidy-Nory

Sabine Saeidy-Nory (game)PR Consultant
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 0
E-Mail

About Sabine

After completing her Master’s degree in literature and media at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Sabine took on a PR traineeship in the media relations department at the Düsseldorf branch of the technology company IBM. [show more]During this two-year traineeship, she was responsible for issues such as big data analytics, the Internet of Things/Industry 4.0, cognitive computing and the connected car. Sabine currently contributes her extensive experience in media and IT to the game as a Consultant in Public Relations.

 


 

Sebastian Steinbach

Sebastian Steinbach (game)Senior Manager Public Affairs & esports
Phone: +49 30 240 87 79 21
E-Mail

About Sebastian

While completing his Bachelor’s degree in social sciences and his Master’s degree in empirical social research at the University of Cologne, Sebastian was active in politics, working for, among others, members of the state parliament and the German Bundestag. [show more]He also gained insight into the private sector while serving as a consultant for various companies and working as a freelance film producer. Sebastian draws on this multifaceted experience in his position as a Consultant for Public Affairs & esports at game.

 


Timm Walter

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

About Timm

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.