Leipzig, Germany– July 18, 2007– The Game Developer Business Center (GDBC) today announced the opening of GDBC Europe, in Leipzig. The new business center offers game companies a centralized location to create their European headquarters with modern office space, comprehensive IT infrastructure, business development support. The location also provides benefits for companies wishing to get into the booming games industry with partnerships and assistance to ensure a successful entrance into market.
“Our goal is to offer companies the resources and opportunities necessary to create a vibrant games industry in the Saxony area of Germany,” said Matthias Rose, managing director of GDBC Europe.“We’re offering office space and infrastructure, but also our business expertise, connections, and access to our international network of partners, which we feel will maximize the opportunities for success for companies that choose to work with the GDBC.”
The GDBC Europe combines the experience and network of the Leipziger Messe, organiser of the GC and GC Developers Conference, and its subsidiary MaxicoM, providing the perfect working environment and support for start-ups and subsidiaries of companies in the games industry. Companies benefit from the direct connection to the Leipziger Messe, with its modern infrastructure and staging areas. National and international contacts in the games industry are consequently generated directly onsite. The GDBC Europe also takes advantage of all of the services of the MaxicoM Euro-Asia Business Center.
Situated in an optimal location for transport connections - just ten minutes from the Leipzig city center, and with a direct connection to Leipzig-Halle airport, the experienced MaxicoM-Team offers human resources and staffing support for game developers in a wide range of languages. The team maintains contact with embassies and public authorities, aiding companies in completing all necessary paperworkand processes, from housing searches, to residency permits. MaxicoM can also supply and support the entire IT infrastructure including telephone, fax, file server, network, and high-speed internet connection.
A network of strong partners provides professional advice and contacts to the international game development and publishing industry:
New neighbors: GDBC and GC
The Leipzig GC (Games Convention) is Europe's leading show for interactive entertainment, infotainment, edutainment and hardware. In 2007, almost 400 companies from the games industry are expected at the exhibition center. Games enthusiasts will be able to test numerous German, European and world premieres, on a total surface area of 115,000 square meters (2006: 90,000).
Prior to GC, the international publishing and development sector meets at the Leipziger Messe in August for the GC Developers Conference (GCDC). Since its premiere in 2002, the conference has successfully established itself as a leading platform for networking and the exchange of experience between European developers. International keynotes, workshops, panel discussions, and prestigious speakers from the fields of computers, consoles and mobile devices will impart inside information on the current trends, as well as information on themes of the future. The first class contacts within the network of GCDC partners enable new markets to open up rapidly, with collaboration with the GC Asia Conference enabling these to spread even further internationally.
Leipzig’s world-class academic institutions offer a steady stream of qualified specialists in the fields of programming and design.The city offers a rich variety of cultural activities and is well-known for its reasonable cost of living and flexible administrative structure. The MDM Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung and Wirtschaftsförderung der Stadt Leipzig (Central German Media and Economic Development Promoters of the City of Leipzig) are valuable partners in the expansion of business and realization of ambitious projects.
MaxicoM Euro-Asia Business Center Leipzig has been established on as an independent subsidiary of the Leipziger Messe GmbH since January 2000. With its expertise and network of contacts it provides a multilingual team to assist in the successful location of companies to Leipzig. Over 170 international companies have already taken advantage of the services offered by MaxicoM. With optimal transport connections, the Business Center offers modern offices and sophisticated event areas. Companies can commence their commercial activities without the need for substantial initial investment, as communications and office services are taken care of by the MaxicoM team and its partners.
Contact MaxicoM GmbH:
Euro-Asia Business Center Leipzig
Matthias Rose, Managing Director
Tel.: +49(341) 678-2001