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 345,000 (2015)
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 BIU (Bundesverband Interaktive Unterhaltungssoftware, English: Federal Association of Interactive Entertainment Software).[1] It is used by many video game developers to show off their upcoming games and game-related hardware.[2][3][4][5]

Gamescom is the world's largest gaming event, (measured by exhibition space and number of visitors) with 345,000 visitors, more than 6,000 journalists and 700 exhibitors from 88 countries attending the show in its sixth year.[6][7]

It was first held in 2009, from 19 to 23 August. In 2015, Gamescom was held from August 5th to 9th.

Gamescom 2009[edit]

Notable exhibitors[edit]

Koelnmesse South Entrance during gamescom 2009

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.[8] Sony Computer Entertainment Europe also showcased its press conference on its online community-based service PlayStation Home shortly afterwards.[9] 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

Neowiz

Nintendo

RedSpotGames

Sega

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

Square Enix

Take-Two Interactive

Ubisoft

Valve Corporation

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

CD Projekt RED

City Interactive

Codemasters

  • F1 2011 (360, 3DS, PC, PS3, Vita)

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]

Koelnmesse North Entrance during gamescom 2012
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[10]

Nexon[10]

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

Bethesda Softworks

Bohemia Interactive

Carbine Studios

CD Projekt RED

City Interactive

Crytek

Deep Silver

Electronic Arts

Focus Home Interactive

Gaijin Entertainment

Haemimont Games

Kalypso Media

KING Art

  • Battle Worlds: Kronos (PC)

Konami

Microsoft

Mojang

Namco Bandai

Nintendo

Paradox Interactive

Red 5 Studios

Revolution Software

Riot Games

Roberts Space Industries

Ronimo Games

Sega

Sony Computer Entertainment

Square Enix

TopWare Interactive

Triumph Studios

Ubisoft

Wargaming

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

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]

Gamescom 2014[edit]

Gamescom 2014 was from 13 — 17 August 2014.[14][15]

Exhibitors[edit]

2K Games

Activision Blizzard

Amplitude Studios

Asteroid Base

Atari

Bandai Namco

Bethesda Softworks

Blizzard Entertainment

Blowfish

  • Gunscape (XBO)

Bohemia Interactive

Bossa Studios

Capcom

Capybara Games

CD Projekt RED

Chainsawesome Games

  • Knight Squad (XBO)

Cloud Imperium Games

Coffee Stain Studios

Crytek

Daedalic Entertainment

Deco Digital

  • Pneuma: Breath of Life (XBO)

Deep Silver

Devolver Digital

Disney Interactive

Double Fine Productions

Electronic Arts

Epic Games

Excamedia

  • A Clumsy Adventure (PC, Vita)

Firefly Studios

Flying Wild Hog

  • Juju (PC, PS3, PS4, X360, XBO)

Focus Home Interactive

Frontier Developments

Gaijin Entertainment

Gateway Interactive

  • Spectra (Android, iOS, XBO)

Grey Box

Grimm Bros

Halfbrick Studios

Headup Games

Hi-Rez Studios

Ironward

Kalypso Media

Konami

Mastertonic

  • Dream (PC)

Microïds

Microsoft

Mojang

Ndemic Creations

Nevernaut Games

  • SlashDash (PC, PS4, Wii U, XBO)

Nintendo

Nordic Games

Other Ocean Interactive

  • #IDARB (XBO)

Paradox Interactive

Phoenix Online Studios

Playdead

  • Inside (XBO)

Q-Games

  • Nom Nom Galaxy (PC, PS4, Vita)

Riot Games

Sega

SeithCG

Sierra Entertainment

Slightly Mad Studios

Sony Computer Entertainment

Square Enix

Starbreeze Studios

  • The Walking Dead (PC)

Techland

TinyBuild

  • Speed Runners (PC, XBO)

Ubisoft

Vlambeer

  • Nuclear Throne (PS3, PS4, Vita, XBO)

Wargaming

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Witchbeam

  • Assault Android Cactus (PC, PS4, Vita, Wii U)

Gamescom 2015[edit]

South Entrance during gamescom 2015

Gamescom 2015 was held 5-9 August.[16]

Exhibitors[edit]

2K Games

505 Games

Abbey Games

  • Renowned Explorers: International Society (PC)

Activision

Amplitude Studios

Atari

Bandai Namco Entertainment

Bethesda Softworks

Black Forest Games

  • Giana Sisters: Dream Runners (PC, PS4, Wii U, XBO)

Blizzard Entertainment

Bohemia Interactive

Capcom

CI Games

Cloud Imperium Games

Crytek

Daedalic Entertainment

  • AER (PC, PS4, XBO)
  • Bounty Train (PC)
  • Caravan (PC)
  • Fire (iOS)
  • The Pillars of the Earth (iOS, PC, PS4, XBO)
  • Project Daedalus: The Long Journey Home (PC)
  • Silence: The Whispered World 2 (iOS, PC, PS4, XBO)
  • Skyhill (OSX, PC)
  • Valhalla Hills (OSX, PC)

Deep Silver

Devolver Digital

Digital Extremes

Electronic Arts

EuroVideo Medien

Focus Home Interactive

Frontier Developments

Grey Box

Headup Games

  • Typoman (Wii U)

Hi-Rez Studios

  • Paladins (PC, PS4, XBO)

HTC / Valve

Iceberg Interactive

Image & Form

  • SteamWorld Heist (3DS, PC, PS4, Vita, Wii U, XBO)

Intel

Introversion Software

Kalypso Media

KING Art

  • The Dwarves (PC, PS4, XBO)

Koei Tecmo

Konami

Mad Catz

Microïds

Microsoft

Motiga

NeocoreGames

  • Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr (PC, PS4, XBO)

Ninja Theory

Nintendo[17]

Nordic Games

Paradox Interactive

SCS Software

Sega

Shin'en Multimedia

  • Fast Racing Neo (Wii U)

Slightly Mad Studios

Sony Computer Entertainment

Square Enix

TaleWorlds Entertainment

Teotl Studios

Ubisoft

Wargaming

Warhorse Studios

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Yacht Club Games

Gamescom 2016[edit]

Gamescom 2016 will be held 17-21 August.[18]

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.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BIU Gamescom information
  2. ^ "Preliminary report on gamescom 2009: Cologne is ready for the premiere of the new leading European trade fair". 
  3. ^ "Lost Planet 2 to make PS3 debut at GamesCom". Game Zine. 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  4. ^ "Sony confirms unveiling of new Heavy Rain character for Gamescom". Video Games Republic. 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  5. ^ Namco Bandai Partners (Press release) (2009-08-07). "Namco Bandai Partners' gamescom line-up". Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  6. ^ "No. Report: "Around 335,000 visitors discovered easily new worlds * World's largest event for interactive entertainment ended successfully"". gamescom.de. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  7. ^ "Rounding out Gamescom's press event highlights". Rappler. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  8. ^ "EA GamesCom 2009 Press Conference Video Archive". Archived from the original on 14 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "MotorStorm Swerves Into PlayStation Home; The Presentation Podium Opens Its Doors For gamescom". SCE. 
  10. ^ a b "K-game’s spark in European market". Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the United States of America. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "WCS Season 2 Finals Begin August 23"
  12. ^ Gamescom 2013 - Leaguepedia - Competitive League of Legends Wiki
  13. ^ Gamescom and PAX schedule announcement | LoL Esports
  14. ^ "ExoClick to Attend Mainstream Gaming Show Gamescom". PRWeb. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  15. ^ Byrne, Brendan (4 August 2014). "White Xbox One Coming Soon". ValueWalk. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  16. ^ Gamescom 2015 events
  17. ^ Nintendo of Germany announces Gamescom 2015 line-up
  18. ^ Gamescom 2016 dates announced, will take place in mid-August, vg247.com
  19. ^ http://www.gdceurope.com/aboutgdc/

External links[edit]

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