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gamescom 2019 accreditation

Dear colleagues,

Quicker to the trade fair – closer to the story: with online accreditation, you can acquire accreditation for the trade fair around the clock up to three days before the beginning of the event. In this way, you quickly and easily receive your press ticket with parking ticket in PDF format to be printed out immediately or for mobile use on your end device. This not only provides you with simplified access to the trade fair, but also saves you the waiting time at the accreditation counter.

Four steps to your press ticket:

  • Log-in or new registration in Press Accreditation
  • Input of personal data and upload of credentials
  • The press ticket is available as a download after completing the order transaction
  • Print out the press ticket so that it is legible or load it onto your mobile end device

In addition to this, we will send you a public transport ticket for the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg VRS and Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr VRR in an e-mail separate from the one containing your press ticket. You will find more information about the trade fair, as well as lanyards for your press ticket in the Press Centre and at the indicated accreditation counters.

Please observe the General Accreditation Guidelines for trade fairs in Germany as described below.

We kindly ask all media representatives to observe these guidelines and seek accreditation in good time prior to the trade fair. An accreditation is granted solely for the purpose of journalistic reporting.

We are looking forward to your visit!

General information

  • Please note that because of the numerous enquiries and checks, delays may occur in sending out press passes. We shall endeavour to get back to you as quickly as possible
  • Owing to the large number enquiries it is not possible to deal with individual queries
  • Everyone must apply for accreditation individually via our online tool; collective enquiries cannot be entertained
  • Accreditation of online media of any description and youth- or school press is unfortunately not possible in situ, namely at gamescom, owing to the extent of the checks involved

Many questions - hopefully the appropriate answer

We would like to help you observe and satisfy the accreditation guidelines for 2019. Please follow the links relevant to you and check whether your medium/ your occupation comply with the relevant guidelines required for the issuing of a press pass.

Holders of a valid press pass recognised by Koelnmesse

Do you possess a valid press pass recognised by Koelnmesse GmbH (e.g. DJV, DPV, DFJV)?

Then use our online accreditation form. Please use our online tool to upload the scanned image of your press pass for validation.

You will receive your accreditation with the parking permit for the press parking spots as a PDF for printing. Only press tickets printed in high quality can be read by the scanners at the entrance. Please then cut out your press pass. You will receive a catalogue and lanyard at the signposted accreditation counters and in Press Centre North.

Holders of a valid press pass but not one recognised by Koelnmesse

Do you possess a press pass not recognised by Koelnmesse GmbH (e.g. DVPJ, GNS, European News Agency)?

Unfortunately we are unable to accredit you based on a press pass not recognised by Koelnmesse GmbH. You are however welcome to use one of the other validation options. You will find additional information on accreditation conditions and options under the heading “You do not possess a valid press pass”.

You do not possess a valid press pass - additional validation options

  • Are you able to produce a current article (not more than 6 months old) on a topic related to gamescom or are you identified as an author/editor in the masthead of a relevant publication? Feel free to send it to us.
  • You have an official editorial assignment. The requirement here is that the assignment is from an in-house editorial team with a topic related to gamescom (not an agency/editorial office,production company etc.) on official letter-headed paper and is signed by the editor in chief or his deputy.
  • The publications will also be assessed for “quality” and “quantity”. Information on your medium's reach will also be useful in checking your accreditation application. So please forward this information as well.
  • Are you employed in the marketing / sales field? We are unfortunately unable to issue you with accreditation. Accreditation is for the purpose of reporting on Koelnmesse GmbH events and is governed by Koelnmesse GmbH’s General Accreditation Guidelines. We would be delighted to welcome you to gamescom as a trade visitor. You can purchase tickets in the Ticket Shop.

The proof required for accreditation can be attached as a PDF in the online accreditation form. All accreditation applications are to submitted exclusively via the online accreditation.

Youth press

To issue you with a press pass we require your youth press pass and which medium you work in. Important point to note: here too we check the medium's reach and topicality.

School press: yes we also give accreditation to school press representatives. However, owing to the number of enquiries we issue accreditation to only one press representative per school /school newspaper. Ask your teacher to get in touch with us so he or she can confirm your involvement as an editor on the school newspaper.

Important: youth and school press representatives will only be admitted to the business area against production of a confirmed invitation from a exhibitor.

The minimum age for accreditation is 16 years

YouTubers/Online media/ blogs/ podcasts

General information for YouTubers/Let’s Players

We work with numerous large networks in which some of you are organised (incl. Studio71, Mediakraft etc.). These networks receive an allocation of accreditations from us, based on their realistic requirements and in accordance with Koelnmesse's General Accreditation Guidelines. So if you are organised within a large network, please enquire there initially. Before gamescom commences, we receive a list of the people to be accredited from the networks. But: as written above numbers are limited and the channel's content has to be relevant to gamescom.

There are of course other ways of obtaining accreditation, including for editors who are not organised within large networks.

Accreditation will be determined by the following criteria:

  • In general terms: is the website fed regularly with high quality content covering news, articles and tests? How big is the reach?
  • Editors of gaming blogs, forums and podcast pages: do you appear here as editors or can you be identified as editors in a position of authority?
  • Proprietors of YouTube and twitch channels with more than a certain number of subscribers can be accredited if their subject matter is relevant to gamescom.
  • The channels' context and topicality also plays a role in accreditation (reach and subscribers are not always the critical criteria).
  • We reserve the right to limit the number of authorised individuals per medium (depending on number of online visits, size of the medium etc.).
  • Important: accreditation of online media of any description is unfortunately not possible in situ, namely at gamescom, owing to the extent of the checks involved (see above). Please use the not quite four months remaining during which the online tool is available to you.
  • Editors of websites undergoing reconstruction (or offline) will not be accredited.
  • The minimum age for accreditation is 16 years

The proof required for accreditation can be attached as a PDF in the online accreditation form. All accreditation applications are to submitted exclusively via the online accreditation.

Apply for accreditation

Use our accreditation service to apply for accreditation quickly and conveniently online.

Online Accreditation

Accreditation guidelines

To gain accreditation for Koelnmesse, you must provide proof of your status as a journalist.

Accreditation guidelines


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