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FAQ on the digital gamescom

What does it mean that gamescom is digital?

We are working on many innovations together with the publishers and studios.

Besides gamescom: Opening Night Live - the spectacular opening show of gamescom - also back are gamescom studio and gamescom: Awesome Indies. You can once again look forward to a full live streaming program.

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

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

What digital formats will there be in addition to gamescom: Opening Night Live and gamescom now?

Like last year, you will 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 will find exactly the content you find most exciting even faster this year.

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

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

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

We also plan to hold 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 can give you unlimited access to the compact gamescom program over two-and-a-half packed days anywhere in the world.

Why do 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 program run from the afternoon into the evening. This allows 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 will be available all day and throughout the entire gamescom.

Will there be (paid) digital tickets or will all content be freely accessible?

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

Does a gamescom without meeting friends make any sense at all?

"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 or the gamescom Discord server to meet friends and exchange the biggest gamescom news.

Will I also be able to test games online?

More information on the exact offerings of our many partners for gamescom 2021 will be announced at a later date.

Gamescom is also about maintaining social contacts, such as meeting friends. Why does gamescom still 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. Right now, however, the health of the trade fair participants comes first. Therefore, we will also experience a digital highlight in 2021 and then reunite as usual in 2022.

Are there any new trailers to see?

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

Can I interact with content / formats myself?

In addition to gaming news & show highlights, we are also planning great community campaigns, competitions and much more for you.

This year, gamescom epix will especially unite the community with epic interactive quests throughout the entire gamescom cosmos. You can interact with gamescom 2021 content before and during gamescom and collect points to win unique prizes. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

Are there raffles and merch?

In addition to gaming news & show highlights, we are also planning great community campaigns, competitions and much more for you.

This year, gamescom epix will especially unite the community with epic interactive quests throughout the entire gamescom cosmos. You can interact with gamescom 2021 content before and during gamescom and collect points to win unique prizes. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

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

We are currently working at full speed on the content of our digital offerings. Details about the areas and supporting program will be communicated over the coming weeks via our social channels and gamescom.global.

What about 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 about the winners of the 2020 Wild Card?

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.

Does the cancellation of gamescom on site then mean that there will be no cosplay competition?

This year, the big gamescom cosplay contest will once again take place online and be even bigger, more fantastic and more stunning for everyone! Details will be available soon on our website and social media channels.

What kind of programme will there be 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 at www.gamescom.global/for-visitors/areas/gamescom-cosplay-village/

All questions about shows

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

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

More details to follow in the next few weeks.

Who will host the gamescom: shows?

Further information about the format and content of the individual shows can be found at https://www.gamescom.global/gamescom/shows/

Where are the gamescom: shows produced?

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

Can you attend the gamescom: shows live?

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

I am a creator and would like to share content from the digital gamescom with my community. How do I do that?

As in 2020, you will have the opportunity to co-stream our gamescom shows. We will explain how this works and what advantages accreditation brings you later on in the "Press" section of the website.

Where will the gamescom: shows be broadcast?

All gamescom shows are broadcast via gamescom now as well as gamescom's YouTube, Twitch and TikTok channels. Our production partners, such as Geoff Keighley (ONL) and IGN (gamescom studio, gamescom: Awesome Indies), will also broadcast the shows they produce on their channels. In addition, creators will get the opportunity to co-stream our shows. Anyone who wants to experience a real public screening feeling can do so on the gamescom Discord server.

How can I participate with my content?

If you would like to present your content in the new spectacular show format, please contact gamescom@koelnmesse.de.

From how many years are the 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 do the shows take place?

You will find the program on our homepage www.gamescom.global soon.

In which languages will the gamescom shows be broadcasted?

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.

More details will follow in the course of the next few weeks.

Are there other languages besides DE and EN in which the shows are broadcast?

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

Co-Streamer shows

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

More details to follow in the next few weeks.

Do I have to buy tickets for gamescom 2021?

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

Will gamescom now cost anything?

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

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 the content of gamescom now?

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.

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.

When can I register for gamescom now?

Registration on gamescom now will be activated before the fair. We will inform you on social media and via newsletter as soon as you can register.

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

Der Login erfolgt über deine E-Mail-Adresse und ein Passwort. Einige Browser speichern automatisch bei der Registrierung den Usernamen als Zugang. Bitte prüfe, dass dies bei dir nicht der Fall ist. Zudem musst du deine E-Mail-Adresse verifizieren, damit die Registrierung final abgeschlossen werden kann.

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.

If advertisements are displayed, can an adblocker lead to 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 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.

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.

Is there a line-up for the gamescom programme 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 been run?

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

Are competitions offered by partners?

The content format on the partner sites is entirely in the hands of the partners.

Is there a live chat during the streams?

Live chats for the streams can be found directly on YouTube and Twitch as well as on the gamescom Discord server.

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.

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.

Welche YouTube-Stars beteiligen sich an der diesjährigen gamescom?

We are currently in talks with many creators and creator networks. We will inform you about the details of upcoming cooperations in the coming weeks.

Are there promotions for games or merch?

The content format on the partner sites is entirely in the hands of the partners.

Where can I find the gamescom congress programme?

The program for this year's digital gamescom congress will be available soon at www.gamescom-congress.com

When does the gamescom congress take place?

The gamescom congress 2021 will take place digitally on 26 August 2021.

Where will the gamescom congress take place?

The gamescom congress will take place digitally on gamescom now in 2021. You will find more information shortly at www.gamescom-congress.com

In which languages will the gamescom congress be broadcast?

More information will be available shortly at www.gamescom-congress.com

Will the gamescom congress cost me anything?

The digital gamescom congress 2021 is completely free.

Do I have to register to attend the gamescom congress?

More information will be available shortly at www.gamescom-congress.com

When and for how long will the gamescom congress lectures be on view?

More information will be available shortly at www.gamescom-congress.com

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

More information will be available shortly at www.gamescom-congress.com

Will there also be a retro area this year?

Yes. Find out what surprises await you.

Is the retro area marked in the programme?

There will be no separate labelling. All contents of the retro area can be found in the event database.

Where can I find information on the retro area?

You can find the program in the event database. The content for retro will be visible from around July 2021.

Is the retro area also available in English?

A large part of the program takes place in German. Program content in English will be marked in advance in the program.

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.

Is there a cosplay village this year?

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

Where can I find information about the cosplay village?

You will find all program items in the event database from around June/July 2021.

Is there a cosplay contest this year?

Yes, there is. Details about the schedule and registration will be available soon!

Where can I find information about the participants?

You will find the finalists on the website at www.gamescom.global/for-visitors/areas/gamescom-cosplay-village/

How is the winner of the cosplay contest determined?

A jury known in the cosplay scene. We can announce the jury at a later date.

What prizes do the winners receive?

You will find the prices on our website www.gamescom.global/for-visitors/areas/gamescom-cosplay-village/ from around July 2021.

Who is on the jury for the cosplay contest?

tba, still open

What is gamescom epix?

With gamescom epix, you can interact with gamescom 2021 content and partners via fun, interactive quests throughout the entire gamescom cosmos even before gamescom week begins, and collect points in order to snag unique prizes.

Who can participate in gamescom epix?

Anyone can participate in gamescom epix. However, you are needed as a community. Pull together and complete epic quests together with others and achieve successes for you and your friends!

How can I participate in gamescom epix?

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

When does gamescom epix start?

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

What is there to win?

See what surprises are in store for you. The prizes will be kept in the big gamescom vault, which will open its doors at the beginning of gamescom.

Who can win?

Anyone can take part in gamescom epix and win. However, you are needed as a community. Show your community strength and take on epic quests together with others and achieve successes for you and your friends!

Is there an offer for trade visitors this year?

This year, devcom is 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.

I am a journalist/content creator. What advantages does a digital gamescom bring me?

The entire games industry and hottest news in one place - digitally, in this case.

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

This year as well, journalists and creators will receive special gamescom offers. Further details will be provided at a later date via the website and our other channels.

Do I have to get accredited this year, even if gamescom is digital only?

Accreditation will also allow you to take advantage of special offers for journalists and creators this year. Further details will be provided at a later date via the website and our other channels.

Can I make appointments with partners as a media representative? Will there be special offers for this?

You will find the contact details of the press contacts of the official partners on the respective partner page of the company if they have been entered there. The partner is responsible for maintaining the content.

I am interested in an interview with a representative of Koelnmesse and/or the game Verband. How do I get an appointment?

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

I am a creator and would like to share content from the digital gamescom with my community. How do I do that?

As in 2020, you will have the opportunity to co-stream our gamescom shows. We will explain how this works and what advantages accreditation brings you,at a later date in the "Press" section of the website.

Where can I find the content 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" section. 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.

Will there also be digital press conferences?

If the official partners are planning digital press conferences, you can find the dates via the partner pages in gamescom now.

I would like to shoot in a hall at Koelnmesse. 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.

Doesn't it make more sense for partners to organise their own digital events?

As a platform, gamescom brings the entire industry together and can therefore have a greater impact than just individual companies.

What business offers does gamescom have?

devcom, the first go-to source for developers and their ecosystem, will feature an extensive online program and provide 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, will be 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 will be all about business, networking and devcom's popular digital expo.

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