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Gamescom: Gamescom ends with visitor record

Monday, August 28th, 2017 | Gadgets

After five days, Gamescom, the world's largest trade fair for computer and video games, came to a close with a record – but also criticism of the industry. Marlene Mortler, the Drug Commissioner of the Federal Government, accused the computer game industry of taking too little part in the protection of young people.

          With regard to Gamescom, the CSU politician told the German press agency that she had called attention to the game industry a year ago on "the addictive elements of games". The response was "quite disappointing". There were also no counter-proposals, said Mortler. "I can only conclude that the industry is not particularly interested in protecting against addiction." The Gamescom ended Saturday with a visitor record according to Koelnmesse. More than 350,000 visitors from 106 countries have been pouring into the halls since Tuesday. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had opened the fair in the cathedral city, emphasizing the economic and social significance of digital games. They are "of the utmost importance" as a cultural asset, an innovation engine and an economic factor. "This was a knighthood for Gamescom and the entire industry," stressed the managing director of the industry association BIU, Felix Falk. "And that was also noticed in the industry." The appreciation of "the highest level" has also strengthened the perception of the fair worldwide. More than 150 politicians of all large parties came to Cologne this time. The Gamescom has more intake than the IFA in Berlin and the CeBIT in Hanover.
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      While Germany is one of the most important markets for digital games internationally, games developed in this way are rare. Merkel had announced that after the Bundestag election together with all stakeholders, new funding possibilities had to be developed. Drug commissioner Mortler said: "Digitization is a huge opportunity for our society, but we must take note that the digitization has consequences that we have to react to . " Internet dependency in its various forms has now become a real challenge among young people. According to the health insurance study DAK Health of 2016, every twelfth male teenagers and young adults between 12 and 25 years depend on computer games. Parallel to the fair the Gamescom City Festival lured many visitors with music, games and culinary offerings. In some central squares in Cologne, there was once again a colorful stage program on Sunday. Overall, the organizers expected a good 100,000 visitors to the street festival. dpa





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