'The Heart of Gaming‘ is once again beating in Cologne from 21 to 24 August: gamescom, the world's largest event for computer and video games, is opening its gates for games fans from around the world, and this year with an additional hall level! As a result, gamescom is growing for the first time to around 210,000 square metres, which is around 5 percent more than in the previous year (2018: 201,000 square metres). Several hall sections of the entertainment area are also being revised and additional measures are being implemented for the improvement of quality of stay. The current hall plan of gamescom 2019 can be found under www.gamescom.global
A larger area and the untangling of visitor hotspots should considerably improve the quality of stay at gamescom 2019. Additional measures are the broadening of the corridors, additional catering and lounge areas for visitors, as well as the newly introduced evening ticket. In total, the entertainment area of gamescom 2019 encompasses halls 5 to 10 and 11.3, as well as the outdoor event section (P8). In the (new) hall 11.3, the event arena, visitors can look forward to a special event programme that differs clearly from other event areas of gamescom. More information on the concept and the highlights of the event arena will follow in a few days. Hall 10.2 will contain the new indie village, the retro area, the gamescom campus and the family & friends section. The merchandise area will once again increase significantly and is located in hall 5.2 and in parts of hall 5.1. The latter is also the new home of the popular cosplay village. As usual, visitors will once again find the outdoor area in P8 (car park behind hall 8). The business area is in halls 1 to 4.
"The expansion of the area and the adjustments in the entertainment area are the result of several factors. For one, the increasing demand for exhibition areas or enlargements in the entertainment halls means a need for additional space for new formats. At the same time, we have placed the improvement of quality of stay for visitors on the agenda as one of the central goals for 2019, and the various measures are paying off precisely here. For another thing, it is also the increased reinforcement of the event character of gamescom that makes additional areas and an adjustment of the hall plan necessary. The goal is to offer visitors even more entertainment around the theme of computer and video games, and to thus enable our community an even better gamescom experience", says Tim Endres, Director gamescom, Koelnmesse GmbH.
"The focus of gamescom is on gamescom fans. Which is why we want to design the visit to gamescom to be considerably more comfortable and will be implementing a whole series of measures this year to realise this goal. These include new sections, the untangling of visitor hotspots, the evening ticket, wider corridors and additional areas for relaxation. In this way, we are reacting to the greatly increased interest of visitors and exhibitors in gamescom", says Christian Baur, Head of gamescom with game – the Association for the German Games Industry e.V.
gamescom 2019: highlights guaranteed!
Games fans from around the world can also look forward to a great gamescom in 2019. Among others, the following renowned companies of the computer and video game industry have secured their place at gamescom 2019: 2K Games, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Bethesda Softworks, Capcom, Deep Silver, ELECTRONIC ARTS/EA Games, facebook, Google, Microsoft/Xbox, Nintendo, Sony PlayStation, Square Enix, THQ Nordic, Ubisoft and Wargaming. In addition to the new products of the exhibitors, the top theme of eSports will also be present at gamescom.
For those who want to be at gamescom 2019 live, all still available tickets can be found under www.gamescom.global
Koelnmesse – Global Competence in Digital Media, Entertainment and Mobility: Koelnmesse is an international leader in organising trade fairs in the Digital Media, Entertainment and Mobility segments. Trade fairs like photokina, DMEXCO, gamescom, INTERMOT and THE TIRE COLOGNE are established as leading international trade fairs. Koelnmesse not only organises trade fairs in these areas in Cologne, but also in other growth markets like, for example, China, Singapore and Thailand, which have different areas of focus and content. These global activities offer customers of Koelnmesse tailor-made events in different markets, which guarantee sustainable and international business.
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