gamescom: 20.–24.08.2019 for all: 21.–24.08.2019


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, was also represented in the family & friends area. And if that was not enough: the inventors of HEADIS abrought a new trend sport with them this year: hesherball. The aim was 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 moved both you and gamescom. You hadthe chance to challenge each other in exciting kicker matches and burn off energy on the Bungee-Run, moreover you could tested your sensitiveness by playing table soccer. At the same time you got to know some of the volunteers. On top of that, you could 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 got a picture from our photo box.

retro gaming

The popular special event retro gaming were 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 had 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 wbrought the development of digital leisure to life.

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

Ecko Unltd. COS Cup

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

The gamescom Cup now offered 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 could experience skateboarding at the highest level including the award ceremony and the Best Trick Contest on top.

juniors‘ club

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

Landesverkehrswacht NRW e.V.

The traffic watch was also presented at gamescom this year with an exciting offer. In Hall 10, the visitors could 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 learned how to free oneself from a car that has rolled over in the rollover simulator. The gamers got moving on the bicycle course, there were also Bobby cars for the tiny tots. One could have one's eyes tested at the Infomobile. And of course plenty of advice was available on traffic safety themes at the Info Bus. The offer was 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 could look forward to many child-friendly game stations. Many exhibitors presented their games for younger gamescom visitors here in a peaceful atmosphere.