• The 9th Clash of Realities Conference, 2018: November 12–14 | Cologne, Germany

    For the ninth time, the Clash of Realities international research conference is providing the opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange and dialogue. Experts from the academy, science and research, economics, politics, and the game industry will discuss pressing questions concerning the artistic design, technological development, and social perception of digital games, as well as the spreading of games literacy.

    This conference welcomes scholars, social scientists, game developers, specialists in education and media, up-and-coming creative talents, students, and all those interested in and excited by digital games.

    More than 50 international speakers from the academy, science and research, economics, politics and the game industry along with an enthusiastic audience will convene at the Cologne Game Lab, TH Köln – University of Applied Science, a pillar of interdisciplinary exchange and dialogue.

    The conference kick-off including the opening keynote will be followed by a day of summits featuring talks, project presentations, panel discussions, and workshops. Finally, the main day of the Clash of Realities will feature renowned speakers from all around the globe.


     – News –

    Clash of Realities at A MAZE. / Berlin
    Academic and Artistic Research on Digital Games
    April 25, 2018
    Find the recap here

    Inclusive Worlds of Games – Media Education Summit
    Call for Paper [PDF]
    Deadline for submission is July 13, 2018


    November 12, 2018 – Conference Opening

    Young Academics Workshop
    10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Opening Event: 7:00 PM


    November 14, 2018 – Main Conference Day

    Keynote Talks & Presentations

    The detailed program will be published here as of June 2018

    Press Release

    April 17, 2018

    Press Contact

    March 12, 2018


    TH Koeln
    Cologne Game Lab (Conference Location)
    Schanzenstraße 28
    51063 Köln

    For further questions and information concerning the Clash of Realities Conference please contact us below.


    The Program Board & Team of the 9th Clash of Realities

    Björn Bartholdy

    Cologne Game Lab, TH Köln

    Email: bb(at)colognegamelab.de

    Gundolf S. Freyermuth

    Cologne Game Lab, TH Köln

    Email: gsf(at)colognegamelab.de

    Benjamin Beil

    Institut für Medienkultur und Theater,
    Universität zu Köln

    Email: benjamin.beil(at)uni-koeln.de

    Joachim Friedmann

    ifs internationale filmschule köln

    Email: j.friedmann(at)filmschule.de

    Alexandra Hühner

    TH Köln, Cologne Game Lab

    Speaker Contracts

    Email: arh(at)colognelamelab.de

    Nina Kiel

    Freelance game developer and
    video games journalist

    Email: nina.kiel(at)th-koeln.de

    Tobias Lemme

    Cologne Game Lab, TH Köln

    Public Relations

    Email: tl(at)colognegamelab.de

    Phone: +49 221 8275 – 4058

    Martin Lorber

    Electronic Arts

    Email: mlorber(at)ea.com

    Krystian Majewski

    Email: majewski(at)gamedesignreviews.com

    Judith Ruzicka-Grote

    Cologne Game Lab, TH Köln

    Project & Event Management

    Email: jr(at)colognegamelab.de

    Phone: +49 221 8275 – 4059

    Hanns Christian Schmidt

    Cologne Game Lab, TH Köln

    Email: hcs(at)colognegamelab.de

    Simone Stewens

    ifs internationale filmschule köln

    Email: S.Stewens(at)filmschule.de

    Angela Tillmann

    Institut für Medienforschung und
    Medienpädagogik, TH Köln

    Email: angela.tillmann(at)th-koeln.de

    André Weßel

    Institut für Medienforschung und
    Medienpädagogik, TH Köln

    Email: andre.wessel(at)th-koeln.de

    Conference Location