21 – 25 August 2018
Innovation, entertainment, and the enjoyment of gaming: Gamescom is the world’s largest fair for the computer and video games industry. It combines a diverse programme of events and a conference with gaming, music, and shows.
More than 900 exhibitors with their products from over fifty countries will provide visitors with insights into various innovations in the world of games; workshops and lectures offer important inside information on topics such as game development and are a platform for dialogue between gamers and developers. With its division into an entertainment and a business area, the fair is designed for both private visitors and trade visitors. Gamescom is supported by a wide-ranging accompanying programme, such as the “The Fascinating World of Parlour Games” exhibition held in the Kölnisches Stadtmuseum, which deals with the cultural and historical significance of early to present-day parlour games; and the presentation of the Gamescom Award, which honours the best games and products of the fair annually. The Gamescom Congress takes place on 22 August 2018 under the slogan “More than Games”. It is Germany’s largest conference dealing with digital games and brings together representatives from science, society, politics, culture, and business.
Some areas of Gamescom are firmly established from previous years including the Cosplay Village, where costume artists present themselves as an imitation of a character in as much detail as possible; the Gamescom City Festival, which provides numerous music, street food and entertainment offerings from 24 to 28 August 2018 in Cologne’s city centre, and the Gamescom Campus, where lectures on topics such as jobs in the games sector, protection of minors, and media skills are held. The Devcom is a series of events, which provides information on game development and its publication. Limited pre-entry tickets for 22 and 23 August 2018, which offer the opportunity to visit the entertainment area before the event officially opens, are for sale on the Gamescom website.