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Gaming industry in NRW on course for growth

Copyright: NRW.INVEST GmbH

Copyright: NRW.INVEST GmbH

As part of its expansion into the German market, the US company Epic Games has opened a studio in Cologne. The software company has been on the market since 1991. The new Epic Games location will be managed by the founders of Faktor 5, a former games company founded in Cologne.

Epic Games plans to employ around 200 people in the new Cologne branch: "The core of Epic's success is its highly qualified and passionate employees. Germany is a nation at the forefront of technology and we look forward to expanding our local presence by filling newly created roles and hiring exceptional talent," says Julian Eggebrecht, Director of Online Technology.

North Rhine-Westphalia is a key location for the German gaming industry. In addition to the major games trade fair Gamescom, numerous developers and publishers are located in the region. NRW Minister President Armin Laschet set the goal for the future last year: "We want to be the number 1 games location in Germany. The state government therefore doubled its funding for this branch of industry to three million euros in 2019.