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gamescom 2017: The Heart of Gaming beats in Cologne

It is time again: From 22 to 26 August 2017, the ninth edition of gamescom starts in Cologne. With more than 900 expected exhibitors, the world’s largest event for computer and video games has increased in terms of exhibitors by 20 percent (status for July), which makes a new exhibitor record very probable.

gamescom 2017 is also increasing in terms of space: For the first time, the world’s largest event for computer and video games will also make use of hall 1 of the Cologne fair grounds, and thus encompass a gross area of 201,000 square metres. This corresponds to a 4 percent increase. With a foreign share of exhibitors of 70 percent and a total of four new country pavilions, gamescom also underlines its role as Europe’s leading business platform of the games industry.
The programme can show its face

Already on Sunday, 20 August, the gamescom week starts off with the new developer conference devcom, which will run until 24. August. the new developer event of gamescom, offers professional games developers an extensive programme. Also celebrating its premiere on 21 August is the SPOBIS Gaming & Media conference, which focuses on the themes of e-sports and marketing. gamescom opens for trade visitors on 22 August and then for everyone on 23 August. gamescom license day takes place on 22 August and the gamescom congress on 23 August. The gamescom week is traditionally concluded by the gamescom city festival from 25 to 27 August in the Cologne city centre.

One thing is thus certain: in the last week of August, “The Heart of Gaming” is definitely beating in Cologne!

“It is the combination of an exhibition offering across platforms and proven formats in the supporting programme, as well as the integration of new and thematically suited events like devcom or the SPOBIS Gaming & Media congress that make gamescom so successful and its concept unique in the world”, says Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH.

“gamescom 2017 continues its success story: that is made clear by continuing growth, but also by the first opening by Chancellor Angela Merkel and the many announced visits by federal and state politicians”, says Felix Falk, Managing Director of the BIU, sponsor of gamescom.

Gronkh and Sarazar on the social media stage, hall 10.1

Spectacular highlights guaranteed: these are the participants of gamescom 2017

In the entertainment area (halls 5 to 10) gaming fans will certainly come into their own. Over 900 exhibitors from over 50 countries mean hundreds of premieres and new games. Among others, the following companies have confirmed their participation at the world’s largest event for interactive entertainment:

Hall 5.1: among others. Alternate, Micro- Star, MIFCOM, Webedia Gaming
Hall 5.2 (fan shop arena): merchandise stands of more than 80 exhibitors
Hall 6: among others. Bandai Namco, Electronic Arts, Konami, Ubisoft
Hall 7: among others. Activision Blizzard, Blizzard Entertainment SAS,Sony Interactive Entertainment
Hall 8:among others. Activision Blizzard, Astragon, CD Projekt, Kalypso Media Group, Techland, Wargaming Europe, Xbox
Hall 9: among others. Amazon EU SARL, Deep Silver, ESL/Turtle Entertainment,Nintendo of Europe, Square Enix, Warner Bros
Hall 10.1: among others. Advanced Micro Devices, Bigpoint, Expert AG, Gaijin Network, INDIE ARENA BOOTH, Samsung Electronics, Travian Games,YouTube
Hall 10.2:
gamescom campus: among others. Jugendforum NRW, SAE Institute, S4G, SRH
gamescom jobs & careers: among others. ALDI International, Daimler AG, Freaks 4 U
family & friends: among others. Ak Tronic, Astragon, Bandai Namco, Deep Silver,Microsoft

gamescom city festival 2016, Max Giesinger concert, Hansaring

In addition, you can expect a high quality and varied supporting programme throughout the grounds, like the cosplay village (hall 10.2) including the cosplay contest, the INDIE ARENA BOOTH (hall 10.1), the social media stage powered by BMVI (The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure) (hall 10.1), the family & friends area (hall 10.2), the gamescom campus (hall 10.2), the dialogue platform ‘jobs & career’ (hall 10.2), the fan shop arena (hall 5.2) and the RedBull Action Area on the P8, the outdoor area.