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Gamescom 2024

(21 August 2024 - 25 August 2024 )
Location: Germany, Köln
Organizer: Koelnmesse GmbH

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Gamescom 2024 will be in a live format. The fair will be available at the Koelnmesse. The hosting dates for the event are the 21st to the 25th of August 2024. Germany presently does not have coronavirus restrictions in place. This is due to the improved epidemiological situation in the country. As a result, Messe Cologne will not implement strict safety measures such as the 3G entry policy. 


Gamescom (Gamescom Köln) is the central platform for the global video and computer video gaming industry. It is the meeting location for gaming enthusiasts, developers, retail, and media representatives. The fair serves as the main event and hub for forming new connections. It furthermore provides visitors with an opportunity to learn about new games. Founded in 2009, Gamescom occurs annually in Messe Cologne.

Gamescom is a high-profile and high-attendance event. For example, one edition received 1 037 exhibitor firms and 370 000 visitants. Attendants of the event include members of the IT and computer and video games sectors. Additionally, the fair attracts many media and education representatives. Over 110 countries send delegates to the trade show. Such include Germany, the USA, the UK, Turkey, and Brazil. France, India, the Netherlands, Austria, and Poland also send trade delegates.

About Gamescom Köln

One of the leading sub-events in Gamescom’s schedule is the exhibition. It features the latest products and innovations in electronic entertainment. Among them are products related to software and hardware, merchandise and gaming accessories.

Besides the exhibition, the event also features many other events of interest. Among them is the Gamescom Opening Night Live with Geoff Keighley. It is a live show within the show where several video game premieres debut. The show also provides news about anticipated games for the current year’s edition. Another event of interest is the Retro Area. It is a demonstration zone where attendees can explore popular retro classics. They can also find new games for their retro console. The area, furthermore, is the hosting area for various interviews, demonstrations, and others.

The Gamescom Cosplay Village is among the popular sub-events for gaming enthusiasts and professionals. It is an area where attendees can showcase their acting, make-up, and crafting talents. The Village allows attendees to create costumes of their favourite characters and thus gain recognition. This is due to the Cosplay Contest, where a jury of 3 experts selects the victorious within three categories. The judges are well-known cosplayers, journalists, or make-up artists. Winners at the event can gain prizes, including award money and collector’s toys. They can furthermore receive awards such as headphones, cosplay shop vouchers and others.

Gaming developers can also gain recognition through the exhibition and the Gamescom Award. Gamescom Award recognises developer achievements in 1 of 24 categories. Each winner receives careful consideration from a panel of gaming experts. The Gamescom Award additionally has divisions where the community can choose the winners.

Another event of interest is the Gamescom Congress. It is where professionals discuss computer and video game potential. The Congress focuses on subjects like how game technologies can help the economy. The Congress is the meeting location for creative artists, teachers, and politicians. Journalists, scientists, and industry representatives also attend the Congress. Gamescom also features the Developer Conference Devcom. This is a conference for game developers where they can discuss various topics. Such include game development, technology, tools, art, animations, and diversity. The conference provides such professionals with two days of networking and educational opportunities.

The aussteller (exhibitors) of Gamescom attracts many professionals and game enthusiasts. This includes leading companies such as:

  • Epic Games International;
  • Warner Bros;
  • Microsoft;
  • Asus Computer;
  • Razer;
  • Trust Gaming;
  • Amazon Games;
  • Amazon Web Services;
  • Airbus;
  • Arctic Games;
  • BenQ;
  • Blizzard Entertainment;
  • Crunchyroll;
  • Ford Motor Company;
  • Google;
  • Huawei;
  • HP;
  • Intel;
  • Jackbox Games;
  • Konami;
  • LEGO;
  • McDonald’s;
  • Red Bull;
  • Razer;
  • SEGA;
  • Samsung;
  • Siemens;
  • Square Enix;
  • TikTok;
  • Ubisoft;
  • Volkswagen.

Gamescom attracts many industries, including entertainment, gaming, telecommunications, automotive, media, electronics, manufacturing, merchandising, automotive, aviation, and marketing.

Gamescom Accommodation

Procure suitable accommodation for Gamescom before all the good deals are taken with Travel 2 Fairs Ltd. All that is necessary is to inform us about the rooms you need, how much you wish to spend, and your desired location. Travel 2 Fairs Ltd manages the rest. Reserve lodgings adjacent to Messe Cologne and gain valuable access to public transport. We can advise you on the best routes to take to the venue. Aside from affordable hotel accommodation for exhibitions, we also provide transport services. One way to travel to your hotel is to have a rent-a-car wait for you at the airport. Another is to schedule an airport transfer in both directions.

Event information might be outdated because of the coronavirus pandemic. More information is available from the organiser.

Past Iterations

Gamescom 2021

The digital Gamescom 21 took place between the 23rd and 27th of August 2021. All attendees, including the exhibitors, considered the rendition a success. This is due to the high number of viewers that attended the digital edition. Over 13 million viewers from 180 countries participated in the event during its five hosting days.

Gamescom 2022

Gamescom 2022, hosted as a hybrid trade exhibition, placed a new attendance record for the trade fair. The event, hosted between the 23rd and 28th of August 2022, featured 265 000 visitants from over 100 countries and 1 100 exhibitor firms from 53 nations (75% were from abroad). The complementary virtual platform featured 130 million views during the programme, with 12 million viewing Opening Night Live. Ten minutes after the inauguration of the edition, it was the #1 worldwide trend on Twitter.

Gamescom 2023

Gamescom 2023, hosted as a live trade exposition, placed a new international digital reach record. The event took place between the 23rd and 26th of August 2023 and featured 320 000 visitants from over 100 nations and 1 227 exhibitants from 63 countries on around 230 000 m2. Over 31 000 of the visiting were trade participants, with 50% travelling from abroad. This signified a 25% increase compared to Gamescom 2022. Of the exhibitants, 76% were from abroad. Over 80 000 attendees took place in the Gamescom City Festival held throughout Cologne. As mentioned, the iteration featured a new international digital reach record. This was due to over 180 000 000 video views of the event, with over 20 000 000 occurring during Opening Night Live. Additionally, the event featured around 2 000 000 page views of the EPIX Community Adventure.  


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visitors from 114 countries


exhibitors from 56 countries

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