It’s summer time, which means temperatures are rising, but also the excitement for the biggest gaming event in August: gamescom in Cologne.
Anyone interested in the games industry will probably have attended the gamescom, and there have been many cover stories in these pages, sometimes from the public, sometimes from the business areas. This year’s event is a special one, as it celebrates 10 years of gamescom. What this means is more exibitors, more games, more activities inside and even outside the Koelnmesse venue.
The general public visitors can participate in this event from Wednesday, August 22 to Saturday, August 25, while Tuesday, August 21 is only open for the press and business people, but also those with a more expensive Wildcard ticket. For more information about the individual opening hours, see these timetables. Ticket prices can be found here. But don’t wait too long, because Saturday is already sold out. This was to be expected, because unlike previous years it’s the only weekend day, so people with jobs who can’t take a vacation and want to go there with their families don’t have any other choice than this one.
As always, there is a huge number of games on display in every single hall, and most of the titles will only be announced soon (with the list of companies and their products being available here), while others will remain behind closed doors for the press. Fortunately I recently received my press ticket and will start making appointments with my PR contacts. Fingers crossed I can bring along a fellow editor so that we’ll have even more video, photo, and writing material afterwards…
The Entertainment Areas will be the most crowded, as all kinds of developers and publishers will present their games, and I’m particularly looking forward to the Indie Arena Booth. The Family and Friends section also comes highly recommended, as it’s a more relaxed environment and often offers some great games without the hour-long waiting queues one is used to. The Business Area will be closed to many, but it’s actually where the real magic happens, with games in development and PR as well as developers discussing their games. If you’re brave enough and have some coins to spare, then you can venture into the Fanshop Arena that is packed full of merchandise and even more people. If dressing up as your favorite character is your thing, then the Cosplay Village will be the place to go or to take photos with your heroes and heroines of gaming.
Of course this isn’t all, as there are many other events taking place, some even outside the Koelnmesse venue. So those who might not get a ticket can still experience the Gamescom City Festival that offers music from different bands, ranging from hip-hop to pop and indie rock. For a full overview of all the events, including a museum exhibition, please check out this page.
So this will be a very hot August and a very busy gamescom week, with more news coming up soon.
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