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Hamburg Games Conference 2022: 600 visitors from the international games industry – online and in Hamburg


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600 conference visitors from 35 nations joined the 13th edition of the Hamburg Games Conference on March 2 and 3, 2022. The hybrid event concept allowed visitors to catch up with contacts from the international games industry and make new connections – both on the playable online platform, custom-developed for the B2B conference, and at the on-site event in the gaming location RCADIA in Hamburg. 18 keynotes and panels with the focus “Moving Markets” gave retrospectives, insights and outlooks on the constantly changing games industry. 61 partners and exhibitors presented themselves in the digital expo and on-site. A video recap gives impressions of the conference: 

 

“The Hamburg Games Conference is an annual highlight and this year has once again marked the start of the international industry events. With the conference, we invite the games industry to cast their gaze towards Hamburg as a central games location in Europe. We are very happy about the great response of the participants, which is also reflected in the 100% recommendation rate in our evaluation survey,” recapitulates Dennis Schoubye, Head of Gamecity Hamburg. Gamecity Hamburg is Hamburg’s location initiative supporting the games industry and co-organizer of the conference.

“We are pleased that we were able to welcome numerous B2B guests from all over the world online and that we were also able to finally enable a face-to-face exchange again for some of our guests at the on-site event. The Hamburg Games Conference was a complete success here as the first major hybrid event of the games industry in 2022,” adds Dr. Ralph Oliver Graef, Managing Partner of the co-organizing law firm GRAEF Rechtsanwälte.

 

600 guests experience real conference feeling online and offline

On the conference’s online platform developed in Hamburg, participants could explore a digital world with six different virtual cities. On average, the conference visitors spent four hours on the digital platform. 61 exhibitors and partners presented themselves in a digital expo on the platform. These included major international companies such as sponsors Intel and Xsolla, and numerous companies from Hamburg and Germany, such as Hamburg-based industry players InnoGames and Bytro Labs. Also, 12 Hamburg-based games start-ups, which were supported by Gamecity Hamburg, showed their projects to the international audience.

But the digital conference world, where over 3,000 meetings between conference guests were held via video call, was not the only place to experience the conference feeling. The on-site part on the second day of the conference at RCADIA was also well attended, with 180 guests joining in person. In addition to MeetToMatch and networking, visitors were able to test games from Hamburg on site, for example the VR game “Tower Tag” by VR Nerds and the game “Project Paranoid” by the Hamburg-based studio Phoenix Reality, which offers a unique augmented reality experience.

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Neccton partners with Germany’s first online slot provider

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Responsible gambling software experts bring the power of mentor to players of Die-Spielbank.de, the first state-owned operator of virtual slots within Germany

Market-leading compliance software experts Neccton have landed another major partner in Germany, with Sächsische Spielbanken-GmbH & Co. KG. Their online slots product went live in January 2023 under Die-Spielbank.de.

As the first state provider allowed to run virtual slot games with real-money prizes, the operator has attracted a lot of attention; therefore the company has acted wisely when it comes to player protection, adopting Neccton’s mentor software as its RG and AML solution.

Neccton’s success in Germany’s burgeoning online gaming market is both a testament to the company’s background in RG research, and the industry’s forward-thinking approach to player protection.

Neccton’s software was developed as a result of over 15 years of academic research by Dr Michael Auer, company director and head of development. Dr Auer is regarded as one of the world’s leading lights in academic RG research, and mentor is the very fruit of his work. Dr Auer’s research is also commonly cited by regulatory bodies in operator guidelines.

As a result, Die-Spielbank.de players are now protected by mentor’s AI-driven real-time data analysis, which tracks possible problematic gambling behaviour and works to help both players and operators to identify potential issues early. The tool recognises triggers such as a significant increase in deposit frequency, and alerts the operator and directly contacts the player, helping the end user make better-informed decisions.

mentor also includes modules for Fraud, AML and a CRM so Neccton’s customers can solve many issues with a single supplier.

Dr Auer said of the new partnership: “It speaks volumes that so many operators in this new market have opted to work with us for their player protection and more. Working with us means that player issues can be detected early – but also, my research has shown that players who gamble responsibly are more loyal, and their customer lifetime is significantly longer. It truly makes financial sense for operators to protect their players, and that is precisely what we do to everyone’s benefit.”

Kurt Böhm, Head of Online Casino Operations, is very confident about this partnership: “Neccton’s mentor software is well known and proven within the iGaming industry. Therefore we trust the software and are delighted about the partnership with Neccton. We are looking forward working closely with Dr Michael Auer and the whole Neccton team.”

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These are the most successful new games in Germany in 2022

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Be it exciting sports games, games for the entire family, epic journeys into fantastical worlds, or action-packed adventure – 2022 offered a wide range of video game titles to choose from. This can be seen in the German annual charts for the bestselling PC and console games that were released in 2022. The hit sports game ‘EA SPORTS FIFA 23’ (Electronic Arts) captured first place in the list of bestselling new game releases in 2022. Another major success: ‘Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ (Nintendo) from the popular Pokémon series for the Nintendo Switch. This action role-playing game took second place in the list of bestselling games for the year just ended. Third place in the German charts for 2022 was secured by the award-winning open-world game ‘ELDEN RING’ (Bandai Namco Entertainment), which was the result of a collaboration between game developer Hidetaka Miyazaki and author George R. R. Martin. Just two months after its release at the end of October 2022, first-person shooter game ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II’ (Activision) made it into fourth place. It was followed in fifth place by the action-adventure game ‘LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’ (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment), whose missions are based on the most important events from the nine ‘Star Wars’ films.

The 20 bestselling PC and console games in 2022:

Information on the annual charts

The annual charts for 2022 list the games released that year for PCs and game consoles that were most often sold – physically and digitally, across platforms – in Germany in 2022. The data is gathered by Games Sales Data (GSD), a platform operated by the Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE). Digital sales of Nintendo titles from the Nintendo eShop are not included.

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PRAGMATIC PLAY BROADENS CZECH PRESENCE WITH FORBES CASINO

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Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, has signed a strategic partnership with Forbes Casino in the Czech Republic.  

The agreement provides Forbes Casino users with 12 of the provider’s high-performing Slots, including player favourite Sugar Rush™ and multi-award-winning titles such as Gates of Olympus™ and Wolf Gold™. In total, 50 of Pragmatic Play’s Slot games are now certified across the regulated Czech market. 

Forbes Casino is a recently established online brand of Victoria Tip a.s., one of the most successful operators of brick-and-mortar casinos in the country. 

The latest partnership for Pragmatic Play adds to its growing presence across Europe and cements its position as a key player in the Czech Republic. 

Irina Cornides, Chief Operating Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “Forbes Casino is built on a rich history of providing high-quality casino experiences to players in the Czech Republic, and we are honoured to expand on that with the addition of Pragmatic Play titles to their online operation.  

“With a strong commitment to our craft and dedication to responsible gambling, we are excited that even more players in this growing regulated market can now enjoy our globally popular games.” 

Petr Žemba, Project Manager at Forbes Casino, said: “When looking at collaborators for our online operations, we know brand reputation is of utmost importance to our users, partnering with such a well-established provider as Pragmatic Play is a victory in itself. 

“We know our customers are going to love the titles that we’ve added which have already proved to be a big hit across the wider European market and beyond. We look forward to seeing where this deal can take us and the new heights we can reach on Forbes Casino.” 

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