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Games Cluster Berlin-Brandenburg
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Berlin-Brandenburg is characterised by one of the most innovative and concentrated games cluster in Germany. This is where established developers such as Yager Development, morgen studios, Zeroscale, Extrajetzt, Interactive, eWave and The Games Company develop single- and multi-user games for consoles, social networks, mobile devices and PCs. Frogster Interactive Pictures, The Games Company and Tivola are three of the region's market-leading publishers. The online platform GameDuell has more than 10 million registered members; making it Germany's most popular Internet games page and one of the largest online communities in all of Europe. The Berlin-Brandenburg Association of Computer and Video Game Developers (G.A.M.E) has its headquarters here, as do the BIU Publishers Association and the Virtual Computer Games Museum. Research institutes such as the interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Games Research in Potsdam and Gameslab Berlin, a research lab for computer games, are based here as well.
Game Developer's Capital
Several prominent events make Berlin-Brandenburg a very important meeting point for the games industry. Since 2007, the DGT - Deutsche Gamestage (German Games Days) and the Quo Vadis conference for game developers have taken place annually in Berlin, where they've established themselves as a leading industry platform. Germany's most lucrative awards for games, the Computer Games Awards, boasts a half million euro in prize money. Well-established get-togethers as Interactive-City-Berlin, Berlin Gaming and the Berlin Games & Web 2.0 Forum round out the picture.
Education and Professional Training
Future game designers, programmers and producers gain professional training at the Games Academy, the first institute in Europe specialising in this field. Computer-generated 3D animation is taught at the Konrad Wolf Academy of Film and Television. The region's many other university-level programs include several educational and research activities related to games development. These range from degrees in Interactive Entertainment Design and Programming offered by the SAE Institute to the HTW Berlin's programmes in Interaction Design/Game Design all the way to the Bachelor and Master programmes in Games Design at the Mediadesign Hochschule. Berlin's Humboldt University in Berlin also offers courses in games theory and media culture.