Germans are passionate game players – everything from traditional board games to state-of-the-art video games, which attract tens of millions of users every year. In 2018 the German gaming industry was worth EUR 4.4 billion, and the sector has benefited from the coronavirus pandemic as people increasingly look to different forms of home entertainment to keep them occupied.
The gaming industry in Germany has lagged behind the developments in other countries, but that is something that German government bodies at various levels now aim to change. On a national level, the Ministry of Transportation and Digital Infrastructure, for instance, has begun offering financial assistance to game developers of up to 50 percent of costs. The funding for prototype development can be up to EUR 400.000. For production projects, the amount of funding is uncapped. The total funding available is EUR 50 million each year until at least 2023. The funding takes in the form of non-repayable grants.
But other official bodies also support gaming companies financially. 11 out of the 16 Germany regional states have funding programs that support concept and prototype development as well as production and sales projects. The support can be up to EUR 500,000 in certain areas. Makers of “highly innovative and creative narrative storytelling video games designed for commercial exploitation for PCs, consoles, mobile devices, tablets, smartphones and other technologies” are eligible for grants of between EUR 10,000 and EUR 150,000 from the Creative Europe program.