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General

When will gamescom 2022 take place?

gamescom 2022 will take place in Cologne and online from 25 to 28 August.

What does it mean that gamescom took place digitally?

We worked on many innovations together with the publishers and studios.

Besides gamescom: Opening Night Live - the spectacular opening show of gamescom - also back were gamescom studio and gamescom: Awesome Indies. Again there was a full live streaming programme.

gamescom now was the central content hub of gamescom again this year. Games, news and live shows of gamescom 2021 could be experienced everywhere on the internet.

With gamescom epix, you could even immerse yourself in the gamescom universe on the ""Road to gamescom."" Epic quests were waiting to be solved by you and the community.

Which digital formats were available in addition to gONL and gamescom now?

This year, you could find all the content of gamescom and all its partners bundled on a completely new gamescom now. Thanks to even better filtering and personalization options as well as improved visitor guidance, you could find exactly the content you find most exciting even faster this year.

In addition, we offered lots of fun opportunities for interaction with gamescom epix across all our digital channels. You could even immerse yourself in the gamescom universe on the “Road to gamescom.” Epic quests were waiting to be solved by the community.

In addition to the big opening show gamescom: Opening Night Live, gamescom: Awesome Indies has also returned. This is where you could get all the important announcements and news about the most anticipated indie titles.

In the gamescom studio, we brought you exclusive demos, interviews with game developers, influencer talks on news and new products and much more.

We also holded devcom and the gamescom congress digitally.

We will share more information about our digital offerings over the next few weeks. Sign up for our newsletters, follow our social media accounts and visit gamescom.de regularly to make sure you don't miss any news.

Why has the sequence of days for gamescom 2021 been changed?

With a purely digital gamescom, we are not bound by opening hours, admission restrictions or other factors that we would have to consider in a hybrid format with on-site components. Online means that we could give you unlimited access to the compact gamescom programme over two-and-a-half packed days anywhere in the world.

Does it make sense to have a gamescom without being able to meet friends?

Of course, as a large community event, we also want gamescom to take place again soon on-site in Cologne. Right now, however, the health of the trade fair participants and planning security for all parties involved comes first. Therefore, we will also experience a digital highlight in 2021 and then reunite as usual in 2022.

A community get-together is also possible digitally. Use our social media channels to meet friends and exchange the biggest gamescom news.

After all, gamescom is also about maintaining social contacts such as meeting friends. Why does gamescom have to take place digitally at all?

Of course, as a large community event, we also want gamescom to take place again soon on-site in Cologne. However, the health of the trade fair participants comes first. Therefore, we experienced a digital highlight in 2021. Hopefully, we will reunite as usual in 2022.

Is there an overview of the games that will be presented at gamescom 2021?

You can find a complete overview of all games that will be presented at gamescom 2021 in gamescom now under the menu item "Games". There you also have filter options so that you can refine your search according to your preferences.

Am I able to test games online?

The design of the content presented on gamescom now is entirely in the hands of the partners.

Can I interact with content / formats?

In addition to gaming news & show highlights, we had great community campaigns, competitions and much more for you this year.

Especially, gamescom epix united the community with epic interactive quests throughout the entire gamescom cosmos. You could interact with gamescom 2021 content before and during gamescom and collect points to win unique prizes. Winners have been notified via email. Many more unlimited winning codes are available for you in the Vault until 30.09.2021.More details can be found at https://now.gamescom.global/epix

Are there any new trailers to see?

On gamescom now and in our show formats, you find the most exciting news from the gaming world, trailers, demos, interviews and much more.

Are there raffles and merch?

In addition to gaming news & show highlights, we had great community campaigns, competitions and much more for you this year.

Especially, gamescom epix united the community with epic interactive quests throughout the entire gamescom cosmos. You could interact with gamescom 2021 content before and during gamescom and collect points to win unique prizes. Winners have been notified via email. Many more unlimited winning codes are available for you in the Vault until 30.09.2021.More details can be found at https://now.gamescom.global/epix/vault

There was no digital merch section on gamesocm now this year. However, you can now use the gamescom merch offer at any time before, during and after gamesocm at www.gamescomwear.com .

Are competitions offered by partners?

The design of the content presented on gamescom now is entirely in the hands of the partners.

Are competitions offered by partners?

The design of the content presented on gamescom now is entirely in the hands of the partners.

Do you have to buy tickets for gamescom 2021?

Our private visitors receive gamescom content completely free of charge and online via gamescom now, our social channels and shows, and various partner offers.

By registering on gamescom now, you can also enjoy benefits such as a personalised watchlist or coupons and discounts from partners.

Does gamescom now cost anything?

Unsere Privatbesucher können die Inhalte zur gamescom komplett kostenfrei und online über gamescom now, unsere sozialen Kanäle, unsere Shows und diverse Partnerangebote bekommen.

Über die Registrierung auf gamescom now könnt ihr zudem Vorteile wie eine personalisierte Watchlist oder Coupons und Rabattierung von Partnern genießen.

Alle Inhalte sind nach der gamescom als On-Demand-Streaming auf gamescom now bis zum 30.09.2021 verfügbar.

Who are the partners of gamescom 2021?

All partners of gamescom 2021 can be found here.

When is the end of gamescom 2021?

The official gamescom programme ended on 27.08.2021. All content will be available after gamescom as on-demand streaming on gamescom now until 30.09.2021. In addition, some partner live streams and partner content took place on 28 and 29.08.2021. .

Tickets

Are there (paid) digital tickets or is all content freely accessible?

Our private visitors received gamescom content completely free of charge and online via gamescom now, our social channels and shows, and various partner offers.

By registering on gamescom now, you could also enjoy benefits such as a personalised watchlist or coupons and discounts from partners.

All content will be available after gamescom as on-demand streaming on gamescom now until 30.09.2021.

What is the situation with the wild cards?

Since gamescom 2021 will be held digitally, the wild card promotion is cancelled this year. The next wild card promotion is planned for 2022. We will announce the start of the promotion in due course via the newsletter and social media.

What is about the winners of Wild Card 2020?

As promised, purchasers of a wild card in 2020 who won the wild card prize draw will be given the chance to purchase a wild card for gamescom 2022 before the drawing. We will notify these persons in due course.

gamescom now - General

Until when is gamescom now available?

All content will be available after gamescom as on-demand streaming on gamescom now until 30.09.2021.

What advantages does gamescom now offer me?

This is where the heart of gamescom 2021 beats. On gamescom now , you will find the most exciting shows, news, trailers and interviews - clearly arranged and centrally bundled. See what interests you and discover news and highlights from the gaming world.

Is there content on gamescom now that is not available anywhere else?

Yes. Find out what surprises await you.

Are there age restrictions for gamescom now content?

The German Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body (USK) is also the official youth protection partner of gamescom this year. This means that gamescom continues to guarantee its usual very high level of protection for minors. In order to fully ensure the protection of minors online on all gamescom channels, gamescom has also joined the USK as an official member. As in the past, the “family & friends” area will be offered – only this time not on-site, but digitally on gamescom now. Children and parents are especially invited to join in the fun. It is important to point out that as part of gamescom, numerous offerings are expected which are outside of the official gamescom channels. In this case, the respective provider is responsible for complying with the regulations for the protection of minors.

Some content is greyed out and cannot be clicked on.

Register at gamescom now to configure your individual gamescom experience and discover what's behind the greyed-out content.

Is there any advertising, so an adblocker can cause problems?

Yes, there will be advertising. gamescom now should not be affected by an adblocker. However, external platforms such as YouTube or Twitch may treat adblockers differently.

Is gamescom now also available in German?

Yes, the site is available in German and English. Co-streamers also provide commentary on some of our show formats in other languages.

Was there a live chat during the streams?

Live chats for the streams were directly on YouTube and Twitch during the gamescom.

gamescom now - Registration

Do I have to register for gamescom now?

Registering for gamescom now is not necessary, but it does offer advantages in terms of personalizing your gamescom 2021 experience, e.g. via a personalised watchlist or coupons and discounts from partners.

When can I register for gamescom now?

Registration on gamescom now is possible from 09.08.2021.

I have forgotten my password, how can I reset it?

On the login screen, you will find the button "Forgot your password?" You can use this button to request a new password.

My login does not work

You can log in using your e-mail address and password. Some browsers automatically save the username as access when registering. Please check that this is not the case for you. In addition, you must verify your e-mail address so that the registration can be completed.

Is there a "premium access" similar to Twitch, Youtube, Trovo etc.?

No, there is no premium access. However, registering allows you to personalize your gamescom experience and benefit from exclusive content from partners.

gamescom now - Program

Is there a line-up for the gamescom program of the partners?

All livestreams from our partners will be displayed centrally on the homepage, where you will have a clear overview of the entire gamescom program.

Is there a media library for live streams that have already taken place?

Below the menu item "Program" you will find an overview of the live streams that have already taken place.

gamescom EPIX

What is gamescom EPIX?

Under the cruel rule of their evil leader FEARTURE, the Bugs wanted to plunge the gaming industry back into the past! Thanks to your help the last weeks we managed to put FEARTURE behind bars. He'll never be able to break out of there again, will he?

When does gamescom EPIX start?

gamescom EPIX started on 9 August, 2021. More details on now.gamescom.global/EPIX

When does gamescom EPIX end?

The last day of gamescom EPIX is 27 August for gamescom 2021, but many of the rewards and prizes will be available to you for a bit longer.

Who can participate in gamescom EPIX?

Any registered user can participate in gamescom EPIX. You have pulled a string, completed all the epic quests, and thus opened the filled Vault. Congratulations!

How can I participate in gamescom EPIX?

Since 09.08. you could register with your friends at gamescom now and participate in gamescom EPIX. Become part of the community ( https://www.gamescom.global/newsletter/ ) and stay up to date. Is FEARTURE defeated forever?

gamescom EPIX ends on 27 August for gamescom 2021, but many of the rewards and prizes will be available to you for a little longer.

Are only registered gamescom now users allowed to participate in gamescom EPIX?

Yes, but they can look forward to epic loot awaiting them in the gamescom vault. Make sure you have given your consent to participate in sweepstakes during registration to benefit from the epic loot.

How and where can I agree to participate in sweepstakes after registration?

In your gamescom now account, you have the option of managing your data protection consent in Newsletter & Data Protection.

What can I win?

See what surprises are in store for you. The prizes are kept in the big gamescom vault, which opened its doors after successful completion of the quests. It is important that you agree to participate in the sweepstakes when you register.

Who can win?

Anyone can take part in gamescom EPIX and win, as long as you agreed to participate in sweepstakes when you registered. Winners have been notified via email. Many more unlimited winning codes are available for you in the Vault until 30.09.2021.

Are there prizes for everyone?

Anyone can take part in gamescom EPIX and win, as long as you agreed to participate in sweepstakes when you registered. Winners have been notified via email. Many more unlimited winning codes are available for you in the Vault until 30.09.2021.

Where can the prizes be redeemed?

You can redeem the prizes at our partners. The terms of the respective provider shall apply exclusively for the redemption of voucher codes.

What do I have to do in a quest?

To complete the quests, you visited many of our social media channels and gamescom now, where a variety of different tasks have awaited you. All quests have been successfully completed. Congratulations!

Do I have to follow all of gamescom’s social media channels to participate in gamescom EPIX?

No, you do not have to follow us everywhere, but participation in certain quests may require a social media login.

gamescom Shows

All questions about shows

In addition to the big opening show gamescom: Opening Night Live the show gamescom: Awesome Indies returned. This is where you could get all the important announcements and news about the most anticipated indie titles.

In the gamescom studio, we brought you exclusive demos, interviews with game developers, influencer talks on news and new products and much more.

More details can be found here.

Why did the gamescom shows only start in the afternoon?

Since we want to reach an international audience with our formats, we have adjusted our broadcasting times accordingly. Significant parts of the programme run from the afternoon into the evening. This allowed participants from the western continents, but also anyone who is at school or work during the day, to follow the gamescom action live. However, content from the gamescom partners bundled on gamescom now are available anytime until 30.09.2021.

Who did host the gamescom Shows?

Further information about the format and content of the individual shows can be found here.

Where will the gamescom Shows be produced?

The content of the gamescom shows was produced at several studio locations in the US and Germany, from where studio and show guests as well as others were received and broadcast.

Was it possible to attend the gamescom shows live?

You could follow all our streaming programmes live via gamescom now at the respective broadcast times and also afterwards as video on demand. Unfortunately, you were not able to physically visit the shows this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Where were the gamescom shows broadcasted?

All gamescom shows were broadcasted via gamescom now as well as Webedia and gamescom's YouTube, Twitch and TikTok channels. Our production partners, such as Geoff Keighley (ONL) and IGN (gamescom studio, gamescom: Awesome Indies), has also broadcasted the shows they produce on their channels. In addition, various companies within the media and creator sector co-streamed gamescom’s shows and also looked at the numerous highlights and innovations of gamescom 2021 in several hours of their own programming.

From what age are the gamescom shows? Is there an age recommendation?

The Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body (USK) is also the official youth protection partner of gamescom this year. This means that gamescom continues to guarantee its usual very high level of protection for minors. In order to fully ensure the protection of minors online on all gamescom channels, gamescom has also joined the USK as an official member. As in the past, the “family & friends” area will be offered digitally on gamescom now. Children and parents are especially invited to join in the fun. It is important to point out that as part of gamescom, numerous offerings are expected which are outside of the official gamescom channels. In this case, the respective provider is responsible for complying with the regulations for the protection of minors.

When did the individual shows take place?

You will find the gamescom program 2021 at our homepage under Dates & opening hours.

In which languages will the gamescom shows be broadcast?

The gamescom: Opening Night Live and the gamescom: Awesome Indies Show are English-language shows. The gamescom studio and the gamescom: Daily Shows are each produced in a German- and English-language version. In addition, gamescom shows will be co-streamed worldwide in different languages by creators.

Are there other languages besides German and English in which the shows will broadcasted?

Co-streamers from different countries restream the shows and provide commentary in their own language.

Co-Streamer gamescom shows

The gamescom shows will be co-streamed by creators worldwide in different languages.

Where can I find the gamescom program?

You will find the gamescom program 2021 on our homepage under Dates & opening hours.

Areas/Themes

What areas arel there this year? / Will there be the retro/family and friends area this year?

Yes, this year there will be the cosplay village, retro area and family & friends again.

What genres will be represented at gamescom 2021?

As always, gamescom represents the entire spectrum of the gaming community. From indie to triple A, action, family, single-player or multiplayer games – everything is represented on gamescom now.

Will there also be a retro area this year?
Where can I find information about the retro area?

The full programm and highlights can be found here: https://www.gamescom.de/fuer-besucher/areas/retro-area/

Will the retro area also be available in English?

A large part of the programme took place in English. The programme contents are marked with the respective language.

Will there be a family & friends area this year?

Yes, there are. We will show you child- and family-friendly streams, videos and content at gamescom now in the family & friends area.

Cosplay

Does the cancellation of gamescom on location mean that there is no cosplay contest?

This year, the big gamescom cosplay contest once again took place online and was even bigger, more fantastic and more stunning for everyone!

Details are available here.

What kind of program is there for cosplayers at a digital gamescom?

In 2021, the cosplay village will once again offer a varied program with everything that makes the cosplay heart beat faster. Besides illustrators, musical acts, shows and live casts, the event would of course not be complete without the legendary gamescom cosplay contest!

Further information will be available soon here.

Will there be a cosplay village this year?

Yes, you won't have to miss out on the cosplay village this year either.

Was there a cosplay contest this year?

Yes, there was. Details about the schedule are available here. The cosplay contest has already run.

Where can I find information about the participants?

You will find the finalists on the website.

How will the winner of the cosplay contest be determined?

A jury known in the cosplay scene will choose the winners.

What prizes do the winners receive?

You will find the prices on our website.

Who is on the jury for the cosplay contest?

You will find the jury on our website.

Where can I find information about the winners?

gamescom congress

Where can I find the gamescom congress program?
When did the gamescom congress take place?

The gamescom congress 2021 took place digitally on August 26. + 27.08.2021.

Where did the gamescom congress take place?

The gamescom congress took place digitally on now.gamescom.global/congress

In which languages was the gamescom congress broadcasted?

The gamescom congress was broadcasted mainly in German. However, there were also English programme items.

Did the gamescom congress cost me anything?

The digital gamescom congress 2021 was completely free.

Did I have to register to attend gamescom congress?

You did not need to register to participate in the gamescom congress. However, registration was required for our workshops. You can find more information here.

For how long will the gamescom congress presentations be shown?

The gamescom congress presentations will be available as on-demand streaming on gamescom now until 30.09.2021. Afterwards, the presentations will be available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/mygamescomcongress

Was there be a Debatt(l)e Royale again this year?

Yes. The Debatt(l)e Royale will be broadcast live on now.gamescom.global/congress on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, starting at 12:30 pm. This will be available after gamescom as on-demand streaming on gamescom now until 30.09.2021. You can find more info here.

Press - General

I am interested in an interview with a representative of Koelnmesse and/or the games Association. How can I get an appointment?

Send your request to the gamescom press team and we will gladly help you arrange a meeting.

Where can I find content that is relevant for media representatives?

As gamescom, we bundle all our press information as well as image and video material on www.gamescom.global in the "Press and Creator" section. During the event, you'll find information on and from our various partners online on gamescom now and at the fair grounds. With gamescom now, partners have the opportunity to showcase their latest products in a way that is easily accessible and as attractive as possible for the entire community. Partners can therefore include all the information they want to share on the respective partner pages.

I would like to film in a Koelnmesse hall. Is that possible?

We are currently not allowing any filming on the premises. One exception will be interviews with Koelnmesse executives. Please direct requests to the gamescom press team.

Press - Accreditation

I am a journalist/content creator. What are the advantages of accreditation and registration via gamescom now?

When gamescom 2022 takes place again physically in Cologne, you as a registered journalist/creator will have the opportunity to visit the event for free, test the latest games on site, and talk directly with developers and publishers. We are already working on providing you with some digital advantages to make your work easier, too. Stay tuned!

Business offer

What business offers does gamescom have?

devcom, the first go-to source for developers and their ecosystem, has featured an extensive online program and provided the games industry with a central business platform. Several all-day business matchmaking events, such as the popular "Indies meet Investors and Publishers" format PitchIt! or special matchmaking and pitching events with devcom's international community stands, was significantly expanded. Another new feature devcom's clear focus on content and the extensive conference program on the first two days, while Wednesday to Friday were all about business, networking and devcom's popular digital expo.

Is there an offer for trade visitors this year?

This year, devcom was the place to go to meet existing and new business partners. Further information can be found at https://www.devcom.global/

Who is devcom aimed at?

devcom's offer and target group focus is similar to 2020 and revolves around game developers and their ecosystem.

gamescom now

From 25.-27.08.2021 it was finally time again for games, news & goodies!

The world’s biggest gaming trade fair entered its 13th edition - this year again purely digital. gamescom 2021 is officially over, but you can still stream all content on demand on gamescom now until 30.09.2021!

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