gamescom 2021

Information technology Games
Aug 23, 2021 - Aug 27, 2021
Important: gamescom 2021 will take place digitally!
Messe Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Messeplatz 1
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In August, the worldwide gaming community comes together to celebrate the industry and its latest advancements. After a grand success for its first fully digital edition, gamescom 2021 will once again be held online between 23 – 27 August. The revamped digital format will once again be free of charge and feature even more games and reach as well as a heightened community atmosphere.

The exhibition features the latest in electronic entertainment, including software and hardware, gaming accessories, merchandise and more. Top offerings from independent developers can be found at the Indie Village, while the Retro Area will showcase popular old games and consoles. Whether in person in Cologne or online, attendees will be able to see official announcements by prominent publishers and trailers for the most anticipated games at gamescom: Opening Night Live.

Throughout the duration of the show, there will also be demonstrations, E-sports tournaments and special events, which will offer a plethora of chances to experience the latest on the market and meet with key figures in gaming. The devcom event will offer two days of networking, business and educational initiatives for professionals, while the gamescom congress will once again feature insights on the untapped potential of video games.


Located in Cologne, gamescom is Europe’s major trade show for computer and video games, and one of the most important events in the gaming industry worldwide. A new attendance record was registered at the 2019 edition - 1,153 exhibitors and 373,000 visitors - gaming enthusiasts and professionals. The upcoming gamescom 2021 will be staged on 25 - 29 August.

In 2021, Koelnmesse GmbH will launch gamescom's first regional satellite event - gamescom asia. This first edition will take place from 14 to 17 October 2021 at Suntec Singapore.

Who can you meet there

Global market leaders like Epic Games International, Google, Microsoft and Warner Bros. Entertainment were present at the latest gamescom. Numerous eSports suppliers and independent games developers also took part in gamescom. Companies such as Asus Computer, DXRacer Marketing Europe, Razer and Trust Gaming brought out the hardware trends in the computer and video industry. More companies than ever exhibited rare merchandise at the fan shop arena.

Past editions

What is new for gamescom 2021

After the show had to move to a fully virtual setting in 2020 due to the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, gamescom 2021 will make use of the sophisticated digital tools developed for the occasion and transform into a hybrid event. The essential in-person experience at Messe Cologne will in 2021 be complemented by a plethora of online offers, making the leading gaming show much more accessible and extending its international reach even further.

Quick info

Organiser:Koelnmesse GmbH
Frequency:every year
Next Edition:gamescom 2022 
Sectors: Information technology | Games
Visitors:Tickets for gamescom
Exhibitors:Exhibitor registration

Important facts

  • 1037 exhibitors from 56 countries in 2018
  • 70% international exhibitors
  • 201,000 sq m of exhibition area
  • 370,000 visitors from 114 countries
  • 31,200 trade visitors
  • 870 visitors at the gamescom congress
Trade fair location
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Messe Cologne

Messeplatz 1, Cologne, Germany
Coordinates: 50.94666 , 6.9833

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