Video game developers from Iran have been exhibiting at a Western game convention for the very first time.
Representatives from the trade body, the Iran National Foundation of Computer Games, were on hand at a dedicated stand at gamescom in Cologne.
They were there to showcase the latest games developed in Iran, establish contacts, and to see if Western retailers would stock their games.
But they acknowledged the political situation would make it a challenge.
“We need more investors,” said Amir Tarbyatjoui, head of Parsan Business Development Solutions who managed the Iranian stand.
“The [US] sanctions do affect our industry, but they cannot stop it.”