The Malta Independent 21 September 2019, Saturday

Local video game and e-sport companies exhibit their works at Gamescom in Germany

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 16:10 Last update: about 30 days ago

10 Maltese video games and e-sport companies are currently exhibiting their works at Gamescom, the biggest fair in Europe for video games and e-sports, held in Cologne, Germany.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, Silvio Schembri is leading the Maltese delegation. He said Maltese companies have been given the opportunity to exhibit their works at a fair attended by over 400,000 people.

The fair is open to the general public and gives attendees the opportunity to try out new games and to see what is new on the market and have a digital experience. It is also an opportunity for a number of startups set up by University students to showcase their projects with the potential of finding an investor to develop their project.

“The government has learnt how to build and improve such an industry and we intend to continue to explain the incentives that we offer so as to create a new economic niche.” He highlighted that video games and the e-sport industry is enormous and constantly growing, and it is essential to see how to diversify Maltese economy and introduce new opportunities for Maltese and Gozitan youths.

Earlier this year, the Government launched a new strategy for the videogaming development and esport sector and continues to invest in companies to produce more opportunities to specialise in the production of games, media, digital art and digital sport.

During the business trip, Schembri also had the opportunity to meet with international investors who are aiming to invest in Malta and to help develop such sectors to grow in popularity, which should lead to a future where such companies will create more employment opportunities in Malta.

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