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Majority of German games companies are actively committed to environmental and climate protection

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• About 80 per cent of German games companies place importance on protection of the climate and environment

• game becomes associate member of Playing for the Planet Alliance

• game association office works climate-neutrally

Environmental and climate protection play an important role in the games industry in Germany, as shown by the results of a current survey by game – the German Games Industry Association, which were presented today at the association’s general meeting. About 80 per cent of the games companies surveyed indicated that they place importance on protection of the environment and climate. Along with developers and publishers, these companies include many other actors in the games industry such as esports event organisers, educational establishments and service providers. Currently, 76 per cent of games industry companies are involved in projects to promote more sustainable business practices – for example, the reduction of energy consumption for power and heating, the use of green electricity and the separation of waste, among many further measures. Companies organise their ecological efforts in wide-ranging ways. Some designate small internal ‘green teams’ to develop and implement their environmental and climate protection measures, whereas others leave these measures directly in the hands of company management.

‘The games industry is aware of the enormous societal challenge posed by climate change, and we’re working in various ways to contribute to fighting its effects,’ says Felix Falk, Managing Director of game. ‘This extends from more sustainable business practices in game development, to eco-friendly packaging concepts, to raising sensitivity for environmental and climate protection by making them themes in the games themselves. For game as an association, environmental and climate protection is a special concern. For this reason, we have thoroughly examined and optimised our work processes so that the association office is now working climate-neutrally itself. Sustainability and environmental protection are decisive issues for society as a whole, and we in the games industry are determined to make our contribution, now and in the future, through further projects and ideas.’

game joins Playing for the Planet Alliance

The game association has joined the Playing for the Planet Alliance as an associate member in order to further strengthen its public stance on environmental and climate protection. With its Letter of Commitment game commits itself among other things to measure its environmental impact on a yearly basis, to implement measures that will allow game to reach full climate neutrality in 2021, which has already been achieved, or to help members and games businesses understand how they can reduce their impact on the environment.

The Playing for the Planet Alliance was launched by a group of the world’s largest games companies in September 2019 during the UN Climate Summit and made possible by the UN Environment Programme. To become a member of the alliance, the applicant must commit itself to various initiatives ranging from CO2 reduction to reforestation projects and the avoidance of plastic.

For further information on the Playing for the Planet Alliance, please go to https://playing4theplanet.org/

About the survey data

The members of game – the German Games Industry Association are surveyed for game’s industry barometer. Our 330-plus members include game developers, publishers and many other games industry actors such as esports event organisers, educational establishments and service providers.

game – the German Games Industry Association

We are the association of the German games industry. Our members include developers, publishers and many other games industry actors such as esports event organisers, educational establishments and service providers. As a joint organiser of gamescom, we are responsible for the world’s biggest event for computer and video games. We are an expert partner for media and for political and social institutions, and answer questions relating to market development, games culture and media literacy. Our mission is to make Germany the best games location.

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The German Games Industry Association sees coalition agreement as sound basis for successful games policy

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  • Germany to be strengthened as games location
  • Ongoing games funding to be secured
  • Esports clubs to gain non-profit eligibility

In the view of game – the German Games Industry Association, the coalition agreement presented today by the German political parties SPD, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and FDP provides a sound basis for a successful games policy over the coming years. game sees the pursuit of the overarching goal of strengthening Germany’s overall position as a games location as particularly important. A key factor here is to ensure ongoing games funding, which the SPD, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and the FDP have enshrined in the new coalition agreement. In addition, game welcomes the general statements in the coalition agreement on reducing the level of bureaucracy and points to criticism raised by many games companies that are dissatisfied, for example, with the bureaucratic hurdles in the funding programme. game is also pleased that esports clubs can be recognised as non-profit organisations in future. Furthermore, key issues for the games industry are addressed in several passages in the coalition agreement, including reducing barriers to digitalisation, expanding broadband access (which is to be accelerated), promoting digital education and facilitating the immigration of qualified professionals to Germany. However, it remains to be seen how games and the games industry will be represented within the new federal government.

‘From the perspective of the games industry, the coalition agreement presented today is heading in the right direction: strengthening Germany as a games location, securing ongoing games funding, recognising the work of esports clubs as non-profit and an overall stronger focus on promoting digitalisation and reducing bureaucracy in Germany constitute an extremely sound basis for a successful and internationally competitive games policy during the new legislative period. Now it is essential that the new federal government establishes as quickly as possible who is responsible for games and that this is swiftly followed by concrete steps,’ says Felix Falk, Managing Director of game.

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Casinos Austria Appoints Erwin van Lambaart as General Director

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Holland Casino chief executive officer Erwin van Lambaart has been appointed as general director of Casinos Austria. He will take over from chief executive officer Bettina Glatz-Kremsner, who has left Casinos Austria after 30 years.

Out of a total of three applications “of excellent quality,” Van Lambaart was unanimously voted as the best candidate to succeed Glatz-Kremsner. He will join the board on March 14 and will take over the position of general director from April 1.

Van Lambaart said: “I will contribute all my experience in order to make a sustainable contribution to the well-being of the group of companies together with the employees in these challenging times. It will be a great pleasure for me to live and work in Austria.”

He added: “Casinos Austria enjoys an excellent reputation in the international gaming industry, which we will continue to expand together with the managers and employees in the years to come.”

Holland Casino thanked him for his service. Van Lambaart led the company through a restructuring and made an important contribution to positioning the company within the Dutch market. The company highlighted the addition of three new casinos and Van Lambaart’s handling of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The board of Holland Casino has begun searching for a new CEO.

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Comtrade Gaming Extends Superbet Partnership Through 2024

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Comtrade Gaming has announced an extension of its platform agreement with Superbet until mid-2024.

Superbet’s and Comtrade Gaming’s partnership is based around combining Superbet’s proprietary sportsbook with Comtrade’s iGaming Platform (iCore) for Superbet’s main markets of Romania and Poland.

“It’s great to have Comtrade Gaming as a platform partner to provide the content our customers love. At Superbet, we have big ambitions for future growth and we don’t shy away from building our own technology and products, but most importantly – we want to give the best for our customers,” says Adam Shaw, Managing Director – Online.

Comtrade Gaming’s iGaming Platform (iCore) was created to simplify operators’ businesses and provide the best player experience possible. iCore takes a flexible approach, ensuring it is customised to an individual operator’s needs. Operators benefit from increased player lifetime values and a decrease in churn, making sure that players are entertained and more importantly, engaged.

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with Superbet. They are Romania’s no.1 operator by a clear margin, they have a fantastic team, and we are proud to have played a part in their exponential growth since they migrated to us three years ago,” says Steven Valentine, Comtrade Gaming’s Chief Commercial Officer.

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