gamescom: 21.–25.08.2018 for all: 22.–25.08.2018


family & friends 2018

gamescom particularly has something really special to offer the youngest visitors.

In our "family & friends" section in Hall 10.2, families with children have the possibility to take a timeout from the turbulent happenings of the trade fair in a relaxed and child-friendly atmosphere. At the same time, there are many activities to be discovered and tried out here.

Access authorisation for children

No admission for babies and infants aged up to 3 years. Admission is free for children aged between 4 and 6. Admission for children up to 11 years of age only if accompanied by an adult.


Table tennis is too boring for you. Then simply test HEADIS instead. Table tennis played with the head seems a bit strange to you? Everything that is really good, always looks odd from the outside at first. That is the first basic secret of life. HEADIS is fun and at the same time healthy, free and good for the soul.

The Evangelische Jugend (Protestant Youth) in Cologne and the region meets gamescom

The "Evangelische Jugend" in Cologne and the surrounding region wants to move both you and gamescom. You can play exciting matches on our giant babyfoot table, burn off energy on our bungee run and test your fine motor skills in real table football matches - and get to know some of our volunteers. Furthermore, you can test your coordination skills on our daffy boards or recover from a stressful trade fair day in our chill-out corner.

retro gaming

The popular special event retro gaming will be bigger and more varied than ever before. At three adjacent stands and 1,600 square metres of space around 50 collectors, retro developers, musicians and clubs will celebrate the history and culture of the computer game. Well over 200 games consoles in working order, home computers, handhelds and slot machines spanning four decades will bring the development of digital leisure to life.

Lectures, interviews, readings, music shows and presentations on the theme retro will be offered on a stage.

The focal points are among others: The Zelda exhibition, consoles with Pokémon motifs, Star Trek games, 30 years "Final Fantasy" - 20 years "Final Fantasy VII", four decades of calculators and Poly-Play, the only slot machine from East Germany.

Legendary exhibitors like the original team of Factor 5 including Chris Huelsbeck, Jon Hare, the founder of Sensible Software, Hewson Consultants and the Amiga legend Petro Tyschtschenko will be on-site, as well as musicians like Blue Metal Rose, Double Score Dungeon, Endgegner, Hans Hisacore, Klirre, Melted Moon, Myuu, Patrick Nevian, Sajuuk, Toriyuca Arts, Tronimal or Vault Kid.

You can find more about the exhibitors of the special event at: .

juniors‘ club

The juniors' club looks after the little visitors to gamescom in Cologne. Carers are available to play, paint and do crafts with the children. While the little ones have fun in the Lounge area, rest or let off steam in the bouncy castle, the elder children can have their faces professionally painted or test their skills on the game console.

Skateboard Workshop

During gamescom, you have the chance to take part in different skate workshops. In the process, you can not only acquire knowledge and learn tricks from the pros, but also directly implement what you have learned in practice under their instruction. So come on by, try things out, and participate!

Landesverkehrswacht NRW e.V.

The traffic watch is also present at gamescom this year with an exciting offer. In Hall 10, the visitors can test their reactions on the driving simulator, feel what it is like to speed around under the influence of too much alcohol on the drunkbuster goggle course or learn how to free oneself from a car that has rolled over in the rollover simulator. The gamers will get moving on the bicycle course, there are also Bobby cars for the tiny tots. One can have one's eyes tested at the Infomobile. And of course plenty of advice is available on traffic safety themes at the Info Bus. The offer is being provided by the Traffic Watch Cologne, the Traffic Watch Rheinisch-Bergischer-Kreis and the State Traffic Watch NRW.

Ticket for private visitors

Ticket for private visitors

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