gamescom: 25.–29.08.2021 devcom: 23.–29.08.2021 #gamescom

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Date of the event
25 - 29 August 2021 (Wednesday - Sunday)
25 August 2021: Trade Visitors and Media Day*

*On Wednesday the organiser can grant access to a limited number of the general public.
Organizer of the fair
Koelnmesse GmbH
Messeplatz 1
50679 Köln
Event frequency
Conceptual sponsor
game – Verband der deutschen Games-Branche e.V.
Cologne Exhibition Centre
Product segments
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Merchandising
  • Care, cleaning, repair
  • Telecommunications and internet
  • Media
  • Basic and advanced training
  • Associations/public institutions
  • Service providers
  • Development
Opening times
Private visitors entertainment area (halls 5-10)
Wednesday, 25.08.2021* - 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thurthday, 26.08.2021 - 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 27.08.2021 - 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, 28.08.2021 - 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, 29.08.2021 - 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

*For trade visitors and the media:
25.08.2021 is for trade visitors and the media. The organiser can grant access to a limited number of the general public into the entertainment area on Wednesday.

Trade visitors business area (halls 2-4, 11)
Wednesday, 25.08.2021 - 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thurthday, 26.08.2021 - 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 27.08.2021 - 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, 28.08.2021 - closed
Sunday, 29.08.2021 - closed
Build-up and Dismantling period
Build-up period

entertainment area (halls 5-10)
15.08.-20.08.2021 6:00 a.m.- midnight
21.08-23.08.2021 midnight - midnight
24.08.2021 midnight - 6:00 p.m.

business area (halls 2-4,11)
20.08.2021 6:00 a.m. - midnight
21.08. – 23.08.2021 midnight - midnight
24.08.2021 midnight - 6:00 p.m.

Dismantling period

entertainment area (halls 5-10)
29.08.2021 8:00 p.m. - midnight
30.08 - 31.08.2021 midnight - midnight

business area (halls 2-4,11)
27.08.2021 8:00 p.m. - midnight
28.08 - 29.08.2021 midnight - midnight
Fair profile
gamescom serves as the central platform for the European computer- and video game industry.
This show brings together the retail, trade and the media providing the ideal setting for the establishment and cultivation of business relationships. The division into business area and entertainment area stands for a concept which will attract and appeal to industry and private visitors equally.

After the digital-only edition last year, gamescom 2021 will take place as a hybrid event and will present the best combination of an on-site trade fair and pioneering digital feautures.

The spatial division into entertainment and business area on site as well as the division between gamescom now and gamescom biz online stands for a concept that integrates and appeals to trade and private visitors alike.

gamescom on-site:

gamescom business area:
Cologne is the unique place where so many insiders, retailers, publishers and developers make business. gamescom is optimally suited for trade visitors: in the relaxed and exclusive atmosphere of the business area you will have the opportunity to promote the success of your business. This year, the business area will be expanded to include Hall 11.

gamescom entertainment area:
An entertainment area especially designed for the gaming superfans which focuses on the testing of new games live on-site including a digital queue management system.

gamescom online:

gamescom biz:
A first ever online B2B platform based on the already tried and tested DMEXCO @home concept, which in addition to corporate and product presentations also offers Lead tracking as well as extensive networking and matchmaking functions.

gamescom now:
In 2021, gamescom will once again offer the central meeting point for gaming fans from all over the world with an enhanced gamescom now platform. gamescom now is the central platform for trailers, live streams and announcements.

gamescom: Opening Night Live
In 2021, we will once again present THE spectacular gamescom opening show together with producer Geoff Keighley - live and with numerous highlights. The live event will include numerous announcements from major publishers & indie developers, world premieres with new footage, and guest appearances from stars of the international games industry.
Date: 24.08.2021

gamescom studio & gamescom: Awesome Indies:
Beyond gamescom: Opening Night Live, with gamescom studio and gamescom: Awesome Indies we offer other live streaming programmes and shows with a high reach - in 2019, the shows reached around 50 million views live and on-demand.

gamescom conference program:
The devcom and the gamescom congress are also planned both on-site and with digital elements in 2021. The developer conference devcom will once again offer a wide range of options for game developers on the topics game development, tech & tools, art & animation and diversity.
Date on-site: 23.-24. August 2021
Date 0nline: 25.-27. August 2021

The gamescom congress on the other hand serves as a think tank for digitalisation far beyond the games industry and addresses creative artists, teachers, politicians, scientists, journalists and industry representatives from all sectors.
Date: 26. August 2021.
Target group
Suppliers of above mentioned product segments,
end-consumers, retailers, distributors, distance sellers, import- and export firms, producers, developers, service providers, associations etc.
Tim Endres

Don't forget!

The gamescom 2021 takes place from Monday, 25.08. to Sunday, 29.08.2021 in Cologne.

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