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gamescom 2016: That’s what you can look forward to!

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In a few weeks, the time will have come around again: From 17 to 21 August, the world’s largest event for computer and video games, gamescom, will take place. And the signs for a successful gamescom 2016 couldn’t be better: More than 800 companies from the computer and video games industry will present their new products in Cologne from 17 August onwards. With exhibitors from around 50 countries, gamescom 2016 is already more international than ever before now and further applications are being received every day. In addition, the congress and supporting programme is also proving to be first-class. The gamescom license day as well as the Women in Tech Day will also be repeated this year. Great entertainment will be offered on the social media stage powered by BMVI in the entertainment area and families can once again look forward to their own area, family & friends.

“The signs indicate that gamescom is on course for success. The number of exhibitors and the level of internationality are excellent. With exhibitors from all segments, gamescom 2016 is once again presenting an enormous range of offers and also convinces in terms of quality,” said Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH.

In addition to gamescom on the fair grounds, the GDC Europe is being held in the Congress Centre East of Koelnmesse, the RESPAWN gathering of game developers at DOCK.ONE, the VideoDays in the LANXESS Arena and the gamescom city festival in the city centre of Cologne.

“gamescom grows from year to year at the same dynamic rate as the computer and video games and the games industry on the whole – and not only in terms of the number of visitors and exhibitors, but also with regards to the multitude and variety of events that take place during the gamescom week in Cologne,” said Dr. Maximilian Schenk, Executive Director of the BIU – German Trade Association of Interactive Entertainment Software, the sponsor of gamescom. “gamescom is not simply a games trade fair, but indeed a 360 degree event, which presents the future of digital entertainment and the digitalisation of our society. It unites entertainment and business in a way that is unique worldwide.”

In Halls 5 to 10 and on exhibition space spanning 137,000 square metres, the exhibitors will present the latest hardware and software releases, all important blockbuster titles and hundreds of premieres. The following overview shows which exhibitors have already confirmed their participation at gamescom and where they can be found:

  • Hall 5 (among others): Cool 2U, ESET, expert AG, Game Legends, GIGA-BYTE, MIFCOM, Sennheiser, World Cyber Arena
  • Hall 6 (among others): Crytek, Electronic Arts, Gameforge 4D, Perfect World, Take-Two Interactive, UBISOFT
  • Hall 7 (among others): Blizzard Entertainment,
  • Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Hall 8 (among others): Amazon Germany, astragon, Bandai Namco, BETHESDA, Grey Box, Kalypso, Konami, Microsoft, Nordic Games, Roccat, Wargaming, Wingracers Sports Games
  • Hall 9 (among others): Deep Silver, ESL Arena, INTEL, Nintendo, Oculus,Square Enix, Twitch, Warner Bros.
  • Hall 10.1 (among others): Bigpoint, Creative Labs, Daum Games, HTC,INDIE ARENA BOOTH, Samsung, TeamSpeak, Techland, Twitter, YouTube
  • Hall 10.2 (among others):Youth Forum NRW and various universities
  • (gamescom campus)
  • family & friends: Activision with Skylanders, Crytek, Electronic Arts, Fender Musical Instruments, UBISOFT

In addition to spectacular games highlights and product presentations by the exhibitors, the comprehensive supporting programme at the fair grounds and in the City of Cologne makes the ‘gamescom experience’ perfect.

For example, the social media stage powered by BMVI (The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure) is offering an interesting programme in Hall 10.1 with bands, let’s plays or the award ceremony of the gamescom award on Friday, 19 August at 6:00 p.m.

New this year: the cooperation partner YouTube is streaming all content from the social media stage live. Those, who aren’t on site themselves, can follow all appearances and award ceremonies live on the official gamescom channel ‘mygamescom’. Furthemore, for the first time this year, the outdoor area behind hall 8, P8, will be used by gamescom’s partner, Red Bull for, among other things, the Red Bull F-Fighters FMX Show, during which spectacular stunts will be shown twice daily. All information on the (supporting) programme is available at www.gamescom-cologne.com under the section ‘for everyone’ – events.