Things get started once again on 20 August 2019: Europe's leading business platform of the games industry opens its gates – first for trade visitors and media representatives. From 21 to 24 August, hundreds of thousands of games fans are then once again expected in the Cologne exhibition halls. In 2019, gamescom will cover a total space of 218,000 square metres (+8 percent in comparison to 2018) and, thanks to this and other measures, promises more space and a better quality of stay for visitors. Games fans can also look forward to many innovations and hundreds of game highlights: with more than 1,100 expected exhibitors, spectacular games presentations are guaranteed. The field of participants of gamescom is once again as international as usual - more than 50 countries will be represented. The gamescom indie village (hall 10.2) and the event arena (NEW: 11.3) will also be celebrating their premieres this year. The week "full of gaming" starts on 19 August with the new opening show, the gamescom: Opening Night Live with host and producer Geoff Keighley. For those who want to be there when "The Heart of Gaming" once again beats in Cologne from 20 to 24 August 2019: all available tickets can be found under www.gamescom.global
"The success story of gamescom is impressive. This surely lies in the imposing development of the number of exhibitors and visitors, as well as the continuous increase in internationality in recent years. However, this year the focus is primarily on strategic and conceptual developments - which will become visible and experienceable at gamescom: the reinforcement as a platform for new products, the theme of independent developers, as well as continuing digitalisation, internationalisation and "eventification" are some of the central innovations here. We are convinced that we will once again be able to offer our guests from around the world a superlative gaming event with these measures and an improved quality of stay", says Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH.
"One year after the 10-year anniversary, gamescom 2019 trumps with an especially large number of innovations: with 'gamescom: Opening Night Live', we are starting directly with one of the biggest highlights. The new show is oriented to all gamers worldwide and should also provide all those who can't make it to Cologne with an overview of the many game highlights and the fantastic diversity of the gamescom week. With the 'indie village‘ and the 'event arena‘, we are also expanding on the strengths of gamescom. Especially important to us this year is improving the stay for all gamescom fans. We have therefore initiated many measures so that 2019 is not only the most exciting, but also a relaxed gamescom for fans", says Felix Falk, Managing Director of game.
gamescom 2019: this is new
Strong start: the gamescom: Opening Night Live guarantees a rousing start to the gamescom week. On Monday, 19 August 2019 at 8:00 p.m., host and producer Geoff Keighley will inspire around 1,500 visitors with the new live show. This will give gamers around the world an overview of what to expect during gamescom week in the context of gamescom: Opening Night Live. The brand new show will feature announcements from major publishers and independent developers, as well as world premiers with new trailers and guest appearances by stars from the international games industry. Extra ticketing is planned for the gamescom: Opening Night Live - more information will follow soon. Those who can't be there live in hall 11.3 have the possibility to follow the show as of 8:00 p.m. CET, 2:00 p.m. EDT, 11:00 a.m. PDT in live stream, including at www.gamescom.global .
Games fans can also look forward to more innovations in the entertainment area (halls 5 to 10, 11.2, 11.3 and P8). One of these is the new event arena in hall 11.3. Here, visitors can experience a special event programme that differs clearly from other event areas of gamescom. The gamescom indie village is also celebrating its premiere in hall 10.2: visitors will find hundreds of independent developers here. gamescom fans can generally look forward to more space this year. Fans can look forward to an extensive programme in hall 11.2 for the first time this year, too: the new event area promises both entertainment and relaxation with two signing areas, the COS Cup and the RC drift games, as well as a new food court with a comfy chill out zone. Hall 11.2 is open from 21 to 24 August as of 12:00 p.m. In addition to the enlargement of the area to 218,000 square metres, the rectification of visitor hotspots, the widening of the corridors, additional catering and lounge areas, as well as the introduction of the new evening ticket, with which one can enter the fair grounds for 7 Euro from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., should ensure a better gamescom experience.
Soon: figures, dates, facts
The business area of gamescom 2019 is located in halls 1 to 4. It is traditionally the first point of contact for trade visitors and the location of this year's paretner country, the Netherlands. The presence of the partner country is organised by the Dutch Games Association. The Dutch pavilion can be found in hall 4.1 at stand A65/B70. The business area is also home to more country pavilions. In total, 29 countries are represented with 25 pavilions at this year's gamescom. Lithuania will have a pavilion at gamescom for the first time. The entertainment area encompasses halls 5 to 10, 11.2 and 11.3, as well as P8. This year, gamescom is covering a total of 218,000 square metres (+8 percent in comparison to 2018). The forecast number of exhibitors is around 1,150 (+10 percent in comparison to 2018). Companies from more than 50 countries are expected in Cologne (foreign share of around 70 percent). Among others, the following companies have confirmed their participation in the world's largest event for interactive entertainment.
Overview / excerpt of entertainment area (subject to change):
Halls 5.1 / 5.2 (among others)
cosplay village and merchandise area with more than 100 providers
Hall 6 (among others)
astragon Entertainment, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Bandai Spirits, CD Projekt Red., Electronic Arts, Facebook, SCS Software, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft
Hall 7 (among others)
Activision, Aorus (Gigabyte), CAPCOM Entertainment, Caseking, Dell, Epic Games, Frontier Developments, Sony Interactive Entertainment
Hall 8 (among others)
Bethesda Softworks, Microsoft/ Xbox, Microsoft Deutschland, Omen, THQ Nordic, Turtle Entertainment, Wargaming Europe
Hall 9 (among others)
Deep Silver, a division of Koch Media, Google (Stadia and YouTube Gaming), Konami Digital Entertainment, Netflix International, Nintendo, Samsung Electronics, Square Enix
Hall 10.1 (among others)
Alternate, Corsair, Discord, Media Markt, Medion, Razer, Trust
Hall 10.2 (among others)
gamescom indie village (new) with Indie Arena Booth, retro area, gamescom campus, gamescom, jobs & career, Jugendforum NRW, family & friends
Hall 11.3 (new)
event arena, incl. with Riot Games (Friday, 23.08.2019), ESL (Thursday, 22.08.2019)
P8 (car park behind hall 8)
Congresses & more: the gamescom week at a glance
The gaming event of the year starts on 18 August with the developer conference devcom. On 18 and 19 August, professionals from around the world can look forward to an attractive programme and high quality speakers. All information on devcom 2019 can be found under www.devcom.global . The theme of eSports and the related themes of gaming, media, online marketing and advertising, as well as the service industries participating in these segments will once again provide the focus in the context of SPOBIS Gaming & Media on the morning of 19 August. Tickets and information on guests and theme slots can be found under https://www.spobis-media.de/en . Things then get spectacular on the evening of 19 August at the premiere of gamescom: Opening Night Live. Visitors on location and worldwide in front of their screens can look forward to seeing which innovations and highlights Geoff Keighley will present as of 8:00 p.m. (CET). gamescom then opens its gates for trade visitors and media representaives on 20 August. From 21 to 24 August, gaming fans from around the world can test the latest games and let themselves be inspired by the extensive event programme. A fixed date in the context of gamescom is also the gamescom congress on 21 August. With top speakers from Germany and abroad, as well as a broad range of themes, the gamescom congress is Europe's leading conference on the potential of computer games. It points out how digital games, games technologies or games developers provide important impulses for the economy and society, and thus make an important contribution to utilising the potential of digitalisation. This year too, the gamescom congress attracts with high quality speakers, a unique variety of themes and the Debatt(l)e Royal: top politicians will once again discuss themes here that move the gamescom community. The debate of the general secretaries and federal whips will take place on Wednesday, 21 August from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Details on the programme and tickets can be found under www.gamescom-congress.com . The popular gamescom city festival from 23 to 25 August 2019 in the Cologne city centre concludes an eventful gamescom week. The first programme points, such as the toggo Tour and bands for the stage at the Hohenzollernring, as well as the porta stage on the Rudolfplatz have already been set. Including Brings, ELI, KASALLA, MAXIM and Selig. With gamescom 2019, a city once again celebrates games this year: being there is everything!
gamescom is the world’s largest event for computer and video games and Europe’s largest business platform for the games industry. Hundreds of thousands of visitors from more than a hundred countries celebrate the latest games live at the event in Cologne. They are joined by millions of fans across the globe on digital channels. With the business area, the entertainment area, the developer conference devcom, the gamescom congress and the gamescom city festival, gamescom covers games culture in all its diversity. In 2019, gamescom opens its doors to trade visitors on Tuesday, 20 August 2019, and to members of the public on Wednesday, 21 August 2019. gamescom is jointly organised by Koelnmesse and game – the German Games Industry Association.
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, gamescom asia, 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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gamescom - The world's largest trade fair and event highlight for interactive games and entertainment (with trade visitor and media day), Cologne 20.08. - 24.08.2019
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photokina - IMAGING UNLIMITED, Cologne 27.05. - 30.05.2020
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