I had the honor of helping unveil the German-American Gaming League while I was in Hamburg last month for the Bibliothekartag Library Conference. If you’re interested in the league, please visit this link for more information (please note: the page is in German, so have Google Translate handy!)
What is the German-American gaming league?
In the gaming league take people from Germany and the United States in an open competition against each other. Here are several computer games such as Wii bowling and playing Mario Kart.
Why did the German-American gaming league?
We believe that gaming will have a major impact on the culture and knowledge in the future. With this and many other projects we want to prepare cultural and educational institutions at that future. We would also like to develop an international network on the topic of gaming. Our colleagues in the United States are already implementing for many years a gaming league. There is even a National Gaming Day.We now want to expand this league to Germany, thus ensuring a sustainable and interdisciplinary networking.
Furthermore, we want to network with this project, the institutions with gamers.
Where are the competitions?
The competitions are held in participating libraries, museums and archives.
What is the cost to attend the gaming league?
Participation in the gaming league is for both the players and for the institutions in which the competitions take place absolutely free.
Who can play?
The gaming league is open to every person who has the desire to join in playing video games. There is no age restriction.
What games are played?
There are only played games with no age restriction. We begin in the first season with Wii bowling and Mario Kart. More games will follow.
When will the gaming league, and how long a season?
The Gaming League was officially launched in the Library Conference 2012 in Hamburg. This means that from now on, they can enter institutions. The gaming events in Germany are said to have taken place up to 30.11.2012, ie on 01.12.2012, we want to present the German champion, then travel to the finals in the United States. The next round will begin in June 2013.
Important: The registration period ends on July 20, 2012 , and we start with 20 institutions – first come, first play, first
Who makes the gaming league?
The Gaming League is a cooperative project of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, the association Zukunftswerkstatt culture and knowledge eV and libraries and gaming lovers from Germany and the United States.