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sales Of the Games as well as consoles and accessories, increased in the first half of 2019, compared to the year-on-Year by 11 percent to around 2.8 billion euros, said the industry Association game on Tuesday in Cologne in the run-up to the trade fair, Gamescom. Growth driver were fees for Online services, where the increase in sales by half to € 228 million. Also “In-Game” purchases climbed to a height of, the sale of Hardware and Games, however, remained, with slight reductions in the more or less stable.
The continued strong growth highlights, “have taken the great economic significance of Computer and video games long ago,” said game managing Director Felix Falk.
worry lines showed Falk, however, due to the decline in the proportion of German games-developments – the market share dropped from 5 percent in 2017, to 4.3 percent in the past year. Prior to that, the annual values were significantly higher. “It’s been years down,” said Falk. The Association of chief pounded on long-term government funding. In other States, this has long been the case – due to this imbalance, the local developers at a competitive disadvantage. “If I develop a game, it is up to 30 percent more expensive than in France or England,” said Falk.
The Federal government no longer wants to promote the industry this year, with 50 million euros in the draft budget for 2020, the Post is there. This is for the industry as a “big question mark,” said Falk, anxious. To belong to the German developments, the strategy games “settlers” and “Anno” as well as Action games from Crytek, Shooter Games, from Yager and entertainment games by Wooga.
Next week the Gamescom is held in Cologne, the world’s largest Event for Computer and video games. 2018 370.000 visitors came around, there was occasionally large crowds. The exhibition area has now been increased by eight percent to 218,000 square meters.
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