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Friday, August 28 • 18:00 - 19:30
gamescom Debatt(l)e Royale – the Political Arena at gamescom

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Leading politicians discuss at the gamescom congress 2020. At "Debatt(l)e Royale" - the political arena at gamescom" - they will debate current issues concerning games and digital politics. The talk will be broadcast live on Friday, 28 August 2020 from 6:00 p.m. on gamescom now, the gamescom content hub, on www.gamescom-congress.de and on the PietSmiet and Tinkerleo Twitch channels. The gamescom congress is Europe's leading conference on the social, economic and cultural potential of games and is taking place for the first time in purely digital form and free of charge due to the Corona pandemic。

Paul Ziemiak (CDU) will discuss the top issues of the digital generation,
Lars Klingbeil (SPD), Linda Teuteberg (FDP), Jörg Schindler (Die Linke) and Michael Kellner (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) These include the main topic of the gamescom congress 2020, "Digital Education", or togetherness on the net. Viewers will have a special opportunity to make themselves heard: they can not only ask questions in advance via social media, but also comment live on the talk and ask questions. The well-known live streamer Tinkerleo will bring in the most important reactions from the net at the community bar in the studio.

"The talk format Debatt(l)e Royale is one of the highlights of gamescom. This year's discussion with the general secretaries and federal directors is particularly important in view of the effects of the Corona pandemic. Whether digital education, media competence or games policy in Germany: our format offers the opportunity for exchange between top politicians and the digital generation. That's why we're putting even more emphasis on community involvement this year," says Felix Falk, Managing Director of game - Association of the German Games Industry.
The Debatt(l)e Royale is hosted by YouTube star Peter Smits (PietSmiet) and e-sports presenter Phylicia Whitney (Flitzi). Peter Smits has hosted the Politikarena at gamescom on several occasions and is known to an audience of millions as part of PietSmiet, one of the most popular YouTube channels in Germany. Phylicia Whitney is currently in front of the camera as an e-sports presenter for SPORT1 and reports among others for SWR. The political talk is broadcast live from the representation of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in Berlin.

The Debatt(l)e Royale will be broadcast on Friday, 28 August 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on gamescom now, the gamescom content hub, on www.gamescom-congress.de as well as on the twitch channel "PietSmiet" and "Tinkerleo". The hashtags #gcc20, #DebattleRoyale and #gamescom2020 can be discussed on the net.

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Michael Kellner

Federal Political Director, BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN
Michael Kellner is Federal Political Director of BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN. He was born on 1977 in Gera (Thuringia). Since 1997 he has been a member of BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN, with a penchant for programmatic work, including the Peace and Security Policy Commission, the party's Future... Read More →
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Jörg Schindler

Federal Managing Director, DIE LINKE
Jörg Schindler has been the Federal Managing Director of DIE LINKE since June 2018 and is also Deputy State Chairman in Saxony-Anhalt. His main focus is on labour and social policy.
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Lars Klingbeil MdB

General Secretary, SPD
Lars Klingbeil has been General Secretary of the SPD since December 2017. He is also a member of the German parliament and a member of the executive committee of the SPD in Lower Saxony. One of his areas of content focus is on digitalisation.
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When Tinkerleo starts her livestream, a homely atmosphere is guaranteed. With great pleasure she invites community into her kitchen, for breakfast or an extended gaming session and captivates them for hours on end with her cordial manner. This is not the only reason why she has become... Read More →
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Peter Smits

Peter Smits is the founder, name giver and managing director of PietSmiet UG (haftungsbeschränkt) & Co. KG. Smits grew up in Weeze and attended the Kardinal-von-Galen-Gymnasium in Kevelaer from 2000 onwards, which he left in 2008 with the Abitur. He studied media science and media... Read More →
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Linda Teuteberg MdB

General Secretary, FDP
Linda Teuteberg is Secretary General of the Free Democrats and spokeswoman on migration policy for the FDP parliamentary group in the Bundestag. She was born in Königs Wusterhausen in 1981 and grew up in Görsdorf near Storkow. She studied law and economics at the University of Potsdam... Read More →
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Phylicia Whitney

Moderator, Flitzi
After completing her studies as an online editor at the Technical University of Cologne, Phylicia Whitney began her career as a reporter at the RTL II News, Technology and Video Games department. From 2013 - 2018 she worked there as a reporter for games. Since 2013 she is also a games... Read More →

Friday August 28, 2020 18:00 - 19:30 CEST