One of the sector pioneers in Germany is Crytek. The company in Frankfurt was founded by the three German-Turkish brothers Faruk Yerli, Avni Yerli and Cevat Yerli and is now one of the largest and most successful German computer games companies with more than 800 employees around the globe. Crytec has made a name for itself particularly with its game engine CryEngine which is used by developers throughout the world. The company’s most successful games are Far-Cry and the Crysis series.
Business is also booming for the Frankfurt games developer Deck13. Their action role-playing game Lords of the Fallen won the German Computer Games Award in 2015. The Deck13 developers demonstrated their versatility in a cooperation project with Frankfurt’s Städel Museum. Together they designed an innovative educational computer game, the adventure Imagoras – The Return of the Pictures. The game, which lasts for several hours, takes children aged eight or more on a voyage of discovery into the exciting worlds of imagery in the paintings, drawings and prints of the Städel Museum.
Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth as a computer game
The Hamburg game developers at Daedalic Entertainment are aiming to bring out a computer game by 2017 based on the novel The Pillars of the Earth by bestselling British author Ken Follett. They have an advantage: Daedalic Entertainment belongs to the Bastei Lübbe publishing group which also publishes the books by Ken Follett. He says: “I’m overjoyed that Daedalic is developing a computer game from The Pillars of the Earth, probably my most famous book. I reckon that this will make my work known to an entirely new generation of readers.” The project – an adventure – is due to be published in 2017 for all major platforms.