About 345,000 visitors from 96 countries celebrated the Next Level Of Entertainment at the world’s largest event for computer and video games from 5 to 9 August 2015. With the attendance of 33,200 trade visitors, gamescom registered over 5 percent growth and boasting a constant 52 percent share of foreign visitors, confirmed its position as the leading business platform for the European computer and video games industry.
806 companies (+14 percent) presented hundreds of novelties to trade visitors and gaming fans from all over the world on an expanded exhibition surface spanning 193,000 square metres (including the event level). Besides exciting premieres of games for all platforms, new developments in the virtual reality areas and E-sports events were the focus of interest. The partner country of gamescom 2015 was the United Kingdom (UK). Traditionally, the games week kicked off on Monday, 3 August with the developers’ conference, GDC Europe and finished on Sunday, 9 August with the evening concerts at the gamescom city festival.
Something for everyone
The gamescom campus, the cosplay village, family & friends, numerous stages in the exhibition halls as well as many additional outdoor activities beyond the exhibition stands rounded off gamescom 2015 in Cologne and ensured a high level of entertainment.
A novelty at gamescom 2015: the social media stage powered by BMVI. This is where the winners of the Facebook contest “15 minutes gamescom fame” performed alongside with Tommy Krappweis, the winners of the gamescom cosplay contest powered by Defcon Unlimited and the German CaseMod championships 2015, the special guest chvrches, miscellaneous indie-developers and many more. Within the contest the gamescom online community chose their favourites and thus created the programme of the social media stage with bands, DJs, poetry slammers and dancers themselves.
gamescom award 2015: Most successful title is Star Wars Battlefront
On 7 August, the winners of the most coveted prizes of the European computer and video game industry were announced. The winner of the evening was Star Wars Battlefront by Electronic Arts. In total, the Electronic Arts game was awarded prizes in four jury categories: the best of gamescom award, Best Console Game Sony Playstation, Best PC Game and Best Online Multiplayer Game. Electronic Arts was additionally at the top of the list of the public’s favourites and also secured itself the Most Wanted Consumer Award with Star Wars Battlefront.
“gamescom has reached the next level – it has not only experienced further growth this year in terms of the exhibition space and the numbers of trade and private visitors. Thanks to many new events and campaigns, it has also become even more diversified this year. It is a reflection of the increasing significance of computer and video games in our society,” commented Dr. Maximilian Schenk, Managing Director of BIU – the Federal Association of Interactive Entertainment Software, the conceptual sponsor of gamescom.
2016 gamescom is being staged from 17 to 21 August in Cologne.
Opening of gamescom 2015:
World premiere of the World Of Warcraft extension: Legion at the gamescom 2015:
All gamescomTV episodes 2015:
FMX Show by Relentless in the outdoor area:
Unge sums up his impressions of gamescom 2015
Sarazar and Gronkh were on site as well:
Techscalibur composed some impressions from the cosplay village for you:
The orchestra of Video Games Live live at the Blizzard booth: