Visitors walk to the gamescom exhibition center., © Koelnmesse, gamescom

Gamescom in Co­logne – and in the On­line World

They’re just play­ing!

Look, try out, and ex­per­i­ence the latest pro­duc­tions presen­ted at the world’s largest trade fair for video games by in­ter­na­tion­al de­veloper stu­di­os. Guests will be able to en­joy live shows, e-sports cham­pi­on­ships, retro gam­ing, and cos­tume per­form­ances.

Gamescom is the world’s largest trade fair event for entertainment, computer and video games, with up to 370,000 people gathering at the exhibition halls in Cologne on a weekend in August every year to immerse themselves in virtual worlds and test the latest games before they are released. About 1150 exhibitors offer pure entertainment in several subject-specific segments, from exclusive trial game areas and live shows to international e-sport events, where the big names in the scene compete in digital games.

Absolute hot spots on the premises include two areas that couldn’t be any more different. The Cosplay Village for costume fans and friends of Japanese pop culture gives visitors the opportunity to meet popular characters from the gaming industry, film, and television, as well as the manga and comic worlds. They are portrayed by fans with a great passion for crafts and acting.

PacMan, Bomberman, Super Mario, and their friends are already waiting for you in the retro gaming area, where pixels are jumping around on historical tube screens. Clubs dedicated to classical games have unpacked console milestones such as the first PlayStation, the Sega Megadrive, and the Super Nintendo.

Gamescom was first held in 2009 and has grown steadily since. As a hybrid format, the event aims to engage even more fans of video games.

Date: 21 to 25 August 2024, in Cologne and online

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Stage shows during Gamescom are one of the absolute hotspots on the exhibition grounds., © Koelnmesse, gamescom
Football enthusiasts test the latest games before they are released., © Koelnmesse, gamescom
A visitor dives into a fantasy world with virtual reality glasses., © Koelnmesse, gamescom
In the so called Cosplay Village, explorers can meet well-known characters from the game industry, the film, television, manga and comic worlds, © Koelnmesse, gamescom

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