Many innovations at gamescom 2019: more area, more programme, more highlights

Things get started once again on 20 August 2019: Europe’s leading business platform of the games industry opens its gates – first for trade visitors and media representatives. From 21 to 24 August, hundreds of thousands of games fans are then once again expected in the Cologne exhibition halls. In 2019, gamescom will cover a total space of 210,000 square metres (+5 percent in comparison to 2018) and, thanks to this and other measures, promises more space and a better quality of stay for visitors. Games fans can also look forward to many innovations and hundreds of game highlights: with more than 1,000 expected exhibitors, spectacular games presentations are guaranteed. The field of participants of gamescom is once again as international as usual – more than 50 countries will be represented. The gamescom indie village (hall 10.2) and the event arena (NEW: 11.3) will also be celebrating their premieres this year. The week “full of gaming” starts on 19 August with the new opening show, the gamescom: Opening Night Live with host and producer Geoff Keighley. For those who want to be there when “The Heart of Gaming” once again beats in Cologne from 20 to 24 August 2019: all available tickets can be found under www.gamescom.global

“The success story of gamescom is impressive. This surely lies in the imposing development of the number of exhibitors and visitors, as well as the continuous increase in internationality in recent years. However, this year the focus is primarily on strategic and conceptual developments – which will become visible and experienceable at gamescom: the reinforcement as a platform for new products, the theme of independent developers, as well as continuing digitalisation, internationalisation and “eventification” are some of the central innovations here. We are convinced that we will once again be able to offer our guests from around the world a superlative gaming event with these measures and an improved quality of stay”, says Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH.

“One year after the 10-year anniversary, gamescom 2019 trumps with an especially large number of innovations: with ‘gamescom: Opening Night Live’, we are starting directly with one of the biggest highlights. The new show is oriented to all gamers worldwide and should also provide all those who can’t make it to Cologne with an overview of the many game highlights and the fantastic diversity of the gamescom week. With the ‘indie village‘ and the ‘event arena‘, we are also expanding on the strengths of gamescom. Especially important to us this year is improving the stay for all gamescom fans. We have therefore initiated many measures so that 2019 is not only the most exciting, but also a relaxed gamescom for fans”, says Felix Falk, Managing Director of game.

gamescom 2019: this is new

Strong start: the gamescom: Opening Night Live guarantees a rousing start to the gamescom week. On Monday, 19 August 2019 at 8:00 p.m., host and producer Geoff Keighley will inspire around 1,500 visitors with the new live show. This will give gamers around the world an overview of what to expect during gamescom week in the context of gamescom: Opening Night Live. The brand new show will feature announcements from major publishers and independent developers, as well as world premiers with new trailers and guest appearances by stars from the international games industry. Extra ticketing is planned for the gamescom: Opening Night Live  – more information will follow soon. Those who can’t be there live in hall 11.3 have the possibility to follow the show as of 8:00 p.m. CET, 2:00 p.m. EDT, 11:00 a.m. PDT in live stream, including at www.gamescom.global   .

Games fans can also look forward to more innovations in the entertainment area (halls 5 to 10, 11.3 and P8). One of these is the new event arena in hall 11.3. Here, visitors can experience a special event programme that differs clearly from other event areas of gamescom. The gamescom indie village is also celebrating its premiere in hall 10.2: visitors will find hundreds of independent developers here. gamescom fans can generally look forward to more space this year. In addition to the enlargement of the area to 210,000 square metres, the rectification of visitor hotspots, the widening of the corridors, additional catering and lounge areas, as well as the introduction of the new evening ticket, with which one can enter the fair grounds for 7 Euro from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., should ensure a better gamescom experience.

Overview / excerpt of entertainment area (subject to change):

Halls 5.1 / 5.2 (among others)

cosplay village and merchandise area with more than 100 providers

Hall 6 (among others)

astragon Entertainment, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Bandai Spirits, CD Projekt S.A., Electronic Arts, Facebook, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive

Hall 7 (among others)

Aorus (Gigabyte), CAPCOM Entertainment, Caseking, Dell, Frontier Developments, Sony Interactive Entertainment

Hall 8 (among others)

Bethesda Softworks, Microsoft/ Xbox, Microsoft Deutschland, Omen, THQ Nordic, Turtle Entertainment, Wargaming Europe

Hall 9 (among others)

Deep Silver, a division of Koch Media, Google Inc. YouTube, Konami Digital Entertainment, Netflix International, Nintendo, Samsung Electronics, Square Enix

Hall 10.1 (among others)

Alternate, Corsair, Discord, Media Markt, Medion, Razer, Trust

Hall 10.2 (among others)

gamescom indie village (new) with Indie Arena Booth, retro area, gamescom campus, gamescom, jobs & career, Jugendforum NRW, family & friends

Hall 11.3 (new)

event arena, incl. with Riot Games (Friday, 23.08.2019)

P8 (car park behind hall 8)

outdoor area

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