The Koelnmesse (eastern entrance) where the event is annually held.
|Location(s)||Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia|
|Inaugurated||19 August 2009|
|Most recent||20 August 2019|
|Next event||27 August 2020|
|Organized by||game – Verband der deutschen Games-Branche|
Gamescom (stylized as gamescom) is a trade fair for video games held annually at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Since 2018, it has been organised by game – Verband der deutschen Games-Branche (English: Association of the German video game industry); and before that, by the Bundesverband Interaktive Unterhaltungssoftware (BIU). It supersedes Games Convention, held in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany. Gamescom is used by many video game developers to exhibit upcoming games and game-related hardware.
Gamescom is the world's largest gaming event, (measured by exhibition space and number of visitors) with 370,000 visitors and 1037 exhibitors from 56 countries attending the show in 2018.
- Entertainment area
- Indie area
- Cosplay village
- Retro Gaming
- Gamescom Campus
- Family and friends
- Fanshop area
- Business area
Notable press conferences
Wednesday, 18 August:
Thursday, 19 August:
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.
While most press conferences were not available for live streaming, Electronic Arts was streaming its press conference on EA.com. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe also showcased its press conference on its online community-based service PlayStation Home shortly afterwards. Sony also made its press conference available for download on the PlayStation Store. Various gaming websites offered live-blogging of the respective press conferences.
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.
- The first Dota 2 International championship took place. The tournament had 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.
- Three League of Legends Tournaments were held during the event:
- The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major ESL One Cologne 2014 was held at Gamescom
Other Ocean Interactive
Phoenix Online Studios
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the event, which marked the first time in history that a Gamescom was opened by a sitting Chancellor.
Gamescom 2019 was held from 20–24 August. Geoff Keighley has announced that he will help launch a dedicated video game announcement show prior to Gamescom, called "Gamescom: Opening Night Live". Inspired by the response to The Game Awards presentation that includes several new game announcements, Keighley wanted to do the same for Gamescom. The event was streamed on 19 August at 8:00pm (CEST).
All In! Games
Gamescom 2020 was scheduled to be held from 25–29 August in Cologne. However, Germany announced that following lifting of lockdowns in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, that all public events through August 2020 were banned. Gamescom organizers announced they would move some portions of the planned show online. Organizers confirmed plans for the online Gamescom opening night to start on 27 August, with each following day through 30 August featuring a schedule of online developer interviews and events and a wrap-up show.
Game Developers Conference Europe
From 2009 to 2016, the Game Developers Conference Europe (GDC Europe), a European spinoff of the Game Developers Conference, has been held in conjunction with the Gamescom. The Conference took place at the Cologne Congress Centre East.
- Electronic Entertainment Expo
- PAX (event)
- Brasil Game Show
- Game Developers Conference
- Games Convention
- Asia Game Show
- Paris Games Week
- Tokyo Game Show
- Video gaming in Germany
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