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Increased safety measures and stricter costume regulations at gamescom 2016

Dear visitors, dear exhibitors, dear media representatives:

As a trade fair organisation and organiser of gamescom it is our duty to organise the framework conditions for the trade fair participants as efficiently as possible and to satisfy the needs of our guests. In the present days, the need for safety is a major issue for all parties involved. It is our aim to meet this requirement by adapting the safety measures and at the same time limiting gamescom in all its facets as little as possible.

We hope for your understanding and for your support so that gamescom can also be a successful 360 degree event in 2016 that is full of entertainment and a fantastic joint experience for all participants.

Due to the terrible incidents of the past weeks, the safety and preventions measures at gamescom 2016 have been adapted. The measures apply for all participants of gamescom: Exhibitors, visitors and media representatives.

Private visitors

In concrete terms this means: If not absolutely necessary, please leave bags and rucksacks and item of all kinds that you don’t urgently need for your visit to gamescom at home in order to keep the waiting times down to a minimum. Since: Control measures, incl. bag checks, will be carried out at the entrances before entering the fair grounds. The controls will take on variable forms, which will depend on the respective short-term consultations with the safety authorities. Please expect longer queuing times and support us in carrying out the control measures by bringing no or as little luggage as possible with you to the fair. For planning your arrival: The safety controls start at 7:00 a.m. Queues must be expected

Cosplayers:
gamescom also lives from the creativity of your costumes and as such cosplayers are still heartily welcome. Due to the incidents of the past days, we would kindly ask for your understanding that all imitation weapons or weapon-like items forming part of your costume are not permitted at gamescom 2016. We would kindly like to ask you to refrain from wearing imitation weapons or weapon-like items also in the city in consideration for the inhabitants and visitors of the city of Cologne.

The background behind the tightening down on the costume regulations is to avoid frightening particularly children and families as well as other gamescom visitors, but also the inhabitants and guests of the city of Cologne by wearing authentically original costumes that in some cases contain imitation weapons and/or weapon-like items. All imitation weapons or weapon-like elements of your costume – regardless of the material and size – will be confiscated before you are admitted to the grounds. We would therefore kindly ask you not to bring these with you to gamescom.

Exhibitor walkings acts at gamescom:
As well as cosplayers, walking acts of the exhibitors are also still welcome at gamescom. However, these must be registered in advance and possible imitation weapons or weapon-like items will be examined and labelled before gamescom begins. After being examined these parts of the costume will not leave the fair grounds again throughout the duration of gamescom.

Trade visitors

The aspects mentioned above apply also for trade visitors, as well as: From 15 August onwards, controls will be carried out before admission to the GDC Europe at the Congress Centre East.

Journalists

The aspects mentioned above apply also for journalists, as well as: From 15 August onwards, controls will additionally be carried out before admission is granted to the Press Centre North (press accreditation).