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.


HEADIS, the fun sport where table tennis is played with the head, is also represented in the family & friends area. And if that isn't enough: the inventors of HEADIS are bringing a new trend sport with them this year: hesherball. The aim is to keep the two hesherballs in motion on a table and shoot them into one of the corners when possible.

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

The "Evangelische Jugend" (Protestant Youth) in Cologne and the surrounding region moves both you and gamescom. You will have the chance to challenge each other in exciting kicker matches and burn off energy on the Bungee-Run, moreover you can test your sensitiveness by playing table soccer. At the same time you get to know some of the volunteers. On top of that, you can test your coordination skills on our daffy boards or recover from a stressful trade fair day in our chill-out corner. At the end you will get a picture from our photo box. We are looking forward to meeting you!

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.

Ecko Unltd. COS Cup

The Ecko Unltd. 2018 COS Cup goes into the 21st round! As usual, the series consists of individual championships and contests at which pro skaters from all over Germany can qualify for the official German championship held at Europa-Park.

The gamescom Cup now offers participants the last chance to secure a ticket to the final by placing well. On three days - Thursday at the Open Practice, Friday in the Eliminations and Saturday in the Finals - you will experience skateboarding at the highest level including the award ceremony and the Best Trick Contest on top.

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.

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.

gaming lounge

In the gaming lounge, visitors big and small can look forward to many child-friendly game stations. Many exhibitors present their games for younger gamescom visitors here in a peaceful atmosphere.

Ticket for private visitors

Ticket for private visitors

Buy your ticket for gamescom in our Ticket-Shop!