Gamescom

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gamescom
Gamescom Logo.svg
Status Active
Genre Video games
Venue Koelnmesse (Cologne Trade Fair)
Location(s) Cologne
Country Germany
Inaugurated 2009
Attendance 340,000 (2013)
Organized by Bundesverband Interaktive Unterhaltungssoftware
Website
http://www.gamescom-cologne.com/
At Gamescom 2013

Gamescom (stylized as gamescom) is a trade fair for video games held annually at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is organised by the Bundesverband Interaktive Unterhaltungssoftware (English: Federal Association of Interactive Entertainment Software). It is used by many video game developers to show off their upcoming games and game-related hardware.[1][2][3][4]

Gamescom is Europe's largest gaming event, (measured by exhibition space and number of visitors) with 340,000 visitors, more than 6,000 journalists and 635 exhibitors from 88 countries attending the show in its fifth year.[5][third-party source needed] Gamescom is the second largest gaming convention in the world after Asia Game Show in terms of total attendance.[6] It was first held from 19 to 23 August 2009. In 2013, Gamescom was held from 21 August to 25 August.

Gamescom 2009[edit]

Notable exhibitors[edit]

Koelnmesse North Entrance
Koelnmesse North Entrance

Activision Blizzard

Atari

Bungie Studios

Capcom

Electronic Arts

Konami

Microsoft

Namco Bandai Games

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

Sega

Square Enix

Take-Two Interactive

Ubisoft

Notable press conferences[edit]

Visitors at Gamescom 2009

Wednesday, 18 August:

Thursday, 19 August:

Notable announcements[edit]

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe announced the PlayStation 3 Slim, a smaller and lighter model of the console and a release date of 1 September 2009. Firmware 3.0 for the PlayStation 3 was also announced, adding new features to the PlayStation Network. Sony announced that the European Video Store would launch in November 2009. Sony also announced that the PlayStation Portable would get smaller games (under 100mb) in the form of 'minis' and that comics would also be available to download in December 2009. A "free game" registration promotion was announced for the PSP Go.

Microsoft Game Studios announced Fable III, along with a release date of 2010. Also, Microsoft announced their intention to release Fable II on the Xbox Live Marketplace in five episodes, the first of which will be free to download.

Media coverage[edit]

While most press conferences were not available for live streaming, Electronic Arts was streaming its press conference on EA.com.[7] Sony Computer Entertainment Europe also showcased its press conference on its online community-based service PlayStation Home shortly afterwards.[8] Sony also made its press conference available for download on the PlayStation Store. Various gaming websites offered live-blogging of the respective press conferences.

Gamescom 2010[edit]

Retro exhibition at Gamescom 2010

Notable exhibitors[edit]

Activision Blizzard

ArenaNet

Bungie Studios

Capcom

Codemasters

Disney Interactive

Electronic Arts

Konami

Microsoft Game Studios

MTV Games

Namco Bandai Games

Nintendo

RedSpotGames

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

Sega

Square Enix

Take-Two Interactive

Ubisoft

Valve Corporation

Neowiz

Notable announcements[edit]

The two main announcements from this GamesCom came from Insomniac Games, who announced two sequels from two of their franchises: Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, by revealing some gameplay from the game, and Resistance 3, via a live action teaser trailer. These games will be exclusive to the PlayStation 3. All 4 One has a set release date as late 2011, while Resistance 3 did not have a release date.

Gamescom 2011[edit]

FIFA 12 demo booth at Gamescom 2011

Exhibitors[edit]

1C Company

2K Games

Activision Blizzard

Bethesda Softworks

Bohemia Interactive

Capcom

Codemasters

CD Projekt RED

City Interactive

Deep Silver

dtp Entertainment

Electronic Arts

Frogster

Funcom

Gamigo

Hi-Rez Studios

Kalypso Media

Konami

Microsoft Game Studios

Mojang

Namco Bandai

NCsoft

Nintendo

Nival

Paradox Interactive

Red 5

Riot Games

Rising Star Games

Sega

Sony Computer Entertainment

THQ

Turbine

Ubisoft

Valve Corporation

Wargaming.net

Warner Bros.

Gamescom 2012[edit]

Crysis 3 demo booth at Gamescom 2012

Exhibitors[edit]

1C Company

2K Games

Activision Blizzard

Bethesda Softworks

Bohemia Interactive

Capcom

Codemasters

Electronic Arts

Konami

Namco Bandai

NCsoft[9]

Nexon[9]

  • Shadow Company
  • Navy Field 2

Paradox Interactive

Perfect World Entertainment

RedSpotGames

Sony Computer Entertainment

Square Enix

Ubisoft

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Gamescom 2013[edit]

Exhibitors[edit]

1C Company

2K Games

505 Games

Activision Blizzard

Abrakam

  • Faëria (PC)

Amplitude Studios

  • Dungeon of the Endless (PC)
  • Endless Legend (PC)

Bespoke Arcades[10]

  • Nu-Gen Arcade Machine

Bethesda Softworks

Bohemia Interactive

Carbine Studios

CD Projekt RED

City Interactive

Crytek

Deep Silver

Electronic Arts

Focus Home Interactive

Gaijin Entertainment

Haemimont Games

  • Victor Vran (PC)

Kalypso Media

KING Art

  • Battle Worlds: Kronos (PC)

Konami

Microsoft

Mojang

Namco Bandai

Nintendo

Paradox Interactive

Red 5 Studios

Revolution Software

Riot Games

Ronimo Games

Roberts Space Industries

Sega

Sony Computer Entertainment

Square Enix

TopWare Interactive

Triumph Studios

Ubisoft

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Wargaming

Zombie Studios

Notable Events[edit]

  • The First Dota 2 International Championships in 2011, the biggest prize pool of any e-sports tournament at the time
  • The World Championship Series 2013 Season 2 Global Finals, a StarCraft II tournament with a $150,000 prizepool, were held during the event.[11]
  • Three League of Legends Tournaments were held during the event:
    • International Wildcard Tournament
    • Season 4 Spring Promotion Qualifier
    • European LCS Playoffs[12][13]

Game Developers Conference Europe[edit]

The Game Developers Conference Europe (GDC Europe), a European spinoff of the Game Developers Conference, is held annually in conjunction with the Gamescom and takes place at the Cologne Congress Centre East.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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