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Gamescom
Gamescom Logo.svg
Koelnmesse, Eingang Ost-0010.jpg
The Koelnmesse (eastern entrance) where the event is annually held.
StatusActive
GenreVideo games
Interactive entertainment
VenueKoelnmesse
Location(s)Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates50°56′33″N 6°57′32″E / 50.94257°N 6.958976°E / 50.94257; 6.958976
CountryGermany
Inaugurated19 August 2009; 9 years ago (2009-08-19)[1]
Most recentAugust 2018 (2018-08)[1]
Next event20 August 2019; 9 months' time (2019-08-20)[2]
AttendanceIncrease 370,000 (2018)[1]
Organized bygame – Verband der deutschen Games-Branche
Websitewww.gamescom-cologne.com

Gamescom (stylized as gamescom) is a trade fair for video games held annually at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Beginning in 2018, it is organised by game – Verband der deutschen Games-Branche; and before that, by the Bundesverband Interaktive Unterhaltungssoftware (BIU) (English: Association of the german videogames industry).[3] Until 2008, it was held in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany. Gamescom is used by many video game developers to exhibit upcoming games and game-related hardware.[4][5][6][7]

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[8] and the biggest gaming news expo of the year in Europe.

Areas[edit]

  • Business area
  • Cosplay village
  • Entertainment area
  • Family and friends
  • Fanshop area

Events[edit]

2009[edit]

Visitors at Gamescom 2009

Gamescom 2009 was held from 19 August to 23 August. 245,000 people attended that year's visit.[1]

Exhibitors[edit]

2009 exhibitors

2K Games

Activision

Atari

Capcom

Electronic Arts

Konami

Microsoft

Namco Bandai

Sega

Sony

Square Enix

Ubisoft

Notable press conferences[edit]

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.[9] Sony Computer Entertainment Europe also showcased its press conference on its online community-based service PlayStation Home shortly afterwards.[10] Sony also made its press conference available for download on the PlayStation Store. Various gaming websites offered live-blogging of the respective press conferences.

2010[edit]

Retro exhibition at Gamescom 2010

Gamescom 2010 was held from 18 August to 22 August. 254,000 people attended that year's visit.[1]

Exhibitors[edit]

2010 exhibitors

2K Games

Activision

ArenaNet

Capcom

Codemasters

Disney Interactive Studios

Electronic Arts

Konami

Microsoft

MTV Games

Namco Bandai

Neowiz

Nintendo

RedSpotGames

Sega

Sony

Square Enix

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.

2011[edit]

FIFA 12 demo booth at Gamescom 2011

Gamescom 2011 was held from 17 August to 21 August. 275,000 people attended that year's visit.[1]

Exhibitors[edit]

2011 exhibitors

1C Company

2K Games

Activision

Bethesda Softworks

Bohemia Interactive

Capcom

CD Projekt Red

City Interactive

Codemasters

Deep Silver

dtp Entertainment

Electronic Arts

Frogster

Funcom

Gamigo

Hi-Rez Studios

Kalypso Media

Konami

Microsoft

Mojang

Namco Bandai

NCsoft

Nintendo

Nival

Paradox Interactive

Red 5

Riot Games

Rising Star Games

Sega

Sony

THQ

Turbine

Ubisoft

Valve Corporation

Wargaming.net

Warner Bros.

Notable Events[edit]

2012[edit]

Koelnmesse North Entrance during Gamescom 2012

Gamescom 2012 was held from 15 August to 19 August. 275,000 people attended that year's visit.[1]

Exhibitors[edit]

2012 exhibitors

1C Company

2K Games

Activision

Bethesda Softworks

Bohemia Interactive

Capcom

Codemasters

Electronic Arts

Konami

Namco Bandai

NCsoft[11]

Nexon[11]

Paradox Interactive

Perfect World Entertainment

RedSpotGames

Sony

Square Enix

Ubisoft

Warner Bros.

2013[edit]

Titanfall boot at Gamescom 2013

Gamescom 2013 was held from 21 August to 25 August. 340,000 people attended that year's visit.[1]

Exhibitors[edit]

2013 exhibitors

1C Company

2K Games

505 Games

Activision

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.

Zombie Studios

Notable Events[edit]

  • The World Championship Series 2013 Season 2 Global Finals, a StarCraft II tournament with a $150,000 prizepool, were held during the event.[12]
  • Three League of Legends Tournaments were held during the event:
    • International Wildcard Tournament
    • Season 4 Spring Promotion Qualifier
    • European LCS Playoffs[13][14]

2014[edit]

Splatoon booth at Gamescom 2014

Gamescom 2014 was held from 13 August to 17 August. 335,000 people attended that year's visit.[1]

Exhibitors[edit]

2014 exhibitors

2K Games

Activision

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.

Witchbeam

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

Events[edit]

2015[edit]

South Entrance during Gamescom 2015

Gamescom 2015 was held from 5 August to 9 August. 345,000 people attended that year's visit.[1]

Exhibitors[edit]

2015 exhibitors

2K Games

505 Games

  • Terraria (3DS, Wii U, PC, Xbox, PS3, PS3, PS4, Android, IOS)

Studio Wildcard

Abbey Games

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

Intel

Introversion Software

Kalypso Media

KING Art

  • The Dwarves (PC, PS4, XBO)

Koei Tecmo

Konami

Mad Catz

Microïds

Microsoft Studios

Motiga

NeocoreGames

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

Ninja Theory

Nintendo[15]

Nordic Games

Paradox Interactive

SCS Software

Sega

Shin'en Multimedia

Slightly Mad Studios

Sony

Square Enix

TaleWorlds Entertainment

Teotl Studios

Ubisoft

Wargaming

Warhorse Studios

Warner Bros.

Yacht Club Games

2016[edit]

Oculus VR booth at Gamescom 2016

Gamescom 2016 was held from 17 August to 21 August. 345,000 people attended that year's visit.[1]

Exhibitors[edit]

2016 exhibitors

Atari

Bandai Namco Entertainment

Blizzard Entertainment

Focus Home Interactive

Frontier Developments

Konami

Microsoft Studios

Nintendo

Green Man Gaming

  • Of Kings And Men (PC)[23]
  • Lifeless (PC)[23]
  • The Black Death (PC)[23]
  • The Bunker (PC)[23]

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

2017[edit]

South Entrance during Gamescom 2017

Gamescom 2017 was held from 22–26 August.[1] German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the event, which marked the first time in history that a Gamescom was opened by a sitting Chancellor.[25]

Exhibitors[edit]

2017 exhibitors

Activision

Bandai Namco Entertainment

Bethesda Softworks

Capcom

CD Projekt

Colossal Order

Devolver Digital

Electronic Arts

Frontier Developments

Kalypso Media

Konami

Microsoft Studios

Nintendo

Sega

Sony

Square Enix

THQ Nordic

Ubisoft

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

2018[edit]

Gamescom 2018 was held from 21 August to 25 August 2018.[1] 370,000 people attended this year's visit and over 1000 Exhibitors had been at Gamescom 2018.

Notable Events[edit]

Exhibitors[edit]

2018 exhibitors

505 Games

Activision

Atlus

Bandai Namco Entertainment

Bethesda

Bigben Interactive

Blizzard

Capcom

CD Projekt

Crytek

Daedalic Entertainment

Deep Silver

Electronic Arts

Epic Games

Focus Home Interactive

Funcom

Housemarque

Konami

Microids

Microsoft

Modus Games

Nintendo

Perfect World Entertainment

Playdius

Saber Interactive

Sega

Soedesco

Sony

Square Enix

THQ Nordic

Ubisoft

Game Developers Conference Europe[edit]

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.[26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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