From October 15th to 18th games.net berlinbrandenburg took 10 companies and institutions from Berlin on a delegation trip through the hotspots of Poland’s games industry.
The delegation visited several polish companies, including CD Projekt Red (The Witcher series), Platige Image and 11 Bit Studios (Anomaly series). The trip was initiated by Berlin Partner and was the ideal opportunity for the participating companies to strengthen their network to Poland and finding new cooperation partners.
The trip started in Cracow with a workshop at the Technology Park Cracow (TPC). Apart from local networking, early investments in member companies and managing the office spaces, the TPC takes care about international tech companies which want to expand their business to Poland. The TPC is based in a special economy zone providing their members with several advantages. The delegation met the organizers and the members of the technology park to discuss the future of the games industry and the possibilities of upcoming cooperations. In the evening of the first day an informal get-together with the members of the Digital Entertainment Cluster took place and the delegation met more than 20 companies ranging from big studios like Reality Pump (Two Worlds series) and bloober team (Basement Crawl – PS4 launch title) to smaller indies such as Artifex Mundi or media companies like GryOnline. The second day started with the games.netTALENTSHOW @ the European Academy of Games. The final stop in Cracow was at the futuristic Alwernia film studios.
The delegation continued to Warsaw for the next games.netTALENTSHOW @ the Polish-Japanese Institute for technology. The talentshow was followed by a visit of the animation studio Platige Image. Platige Image is specialized in animations, motion capturing and stereoscopic 3D. Afterwards the delegation was invited by the producing studio of The Witcher series, CD Projekt Red. After a tour and an exclusive presentation of The Witcher 3 the trip continued to mobile games developer 11 Bit Studios. The independent developer gave insights how the company works and what products they have in their portfolio.
In Warsaw the delegation joined forces with a group of international journalists from the USA and Germany, which were part of an organized press tour from Warsaw to Poznan. The tour was sponsored by the Polish Ministry of Economy and organized by MPromotion.
The final stop of the delegation trip was in Poznan, at the Poznan Games Arena (PGA). The PGA is the biggest B2C Event, for digital Entertainment, in Poland. At this year’s PGA where circa 100 expiators while the organizers expect 40.000 visitors. The delegation from Berlin took a guided tour through the fair venue and had the possibility to talk with the main organizers about a participation at the fair 2014. On Saturday three presentations from Berlin (Games Academy, games.net, A MAZE. Festival) were held within the Game Creators Conference.
Thanks to Aeria Games, Extrajetzt Interactive, Games Academy, Gamegenetics, law firm von Zanthier & Schulz, Polish Institute Berlin and Yager Development, who joined this excellent trip to Poland and to the partners in Poland, as Mpromotion, the Ministry of Economy, the Digital Entertainment Cluster, European Academy of Games, Polish-Japanese College for Computer Technology and the PGA for the assistance and the hospitality!