After a grand success for its first fully digital edition, gamescom 2021 will return to the halls of Messe Cologne on 25 – 29 August. The new appointment for the event moves its dates from Wednesday to Sunday, enabling the devcom developer meeting to use the days at the start of the work week (23 – 24 August), while also including the weekend for the benefit of the public. Already having had success with the gamescom now platform, the organisers from Koelnmesse have drawn on the digital experience they amassed in 2020 to convert the expo into an innovative hybrid event with a robust virtual programme.
The last physical edition of gamescom attracted over 1,100 exhibiting companies and this number is only expected to grow in 2021. 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.
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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.
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