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GAMESCOM: THE FACTS


DATES Wednesday, August 18th to Sunday, August 22nd


(August 18th is a day for trade visitors and the media only; event opens to the public on the Thursday; business area will be closed on the Sunday)


ORGANISER: Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany.


LOCATION: Cologne Exhibition Centre.


OPENING HOURS: The business area is open every day from 9am to 7pm; exhibitors can access the entertainment showfloor an hour before and after its usual hours of 10am to 8pm.


Gamescom Business Area Designed as a place for retailers, publishers, service companies and developers to do business.


Gamescom Entertainment Area An E3-like showcase of upcoming product designed for both trade and consumer visitors. Basically, that’s eye catching booths and lots of exciting, noise. Individual gaming zones for specific genres such as sports, lifestyle, action and e-sports also ‘make this trade fair unique’.


Gamescom Festival Runs from Wednesday, August 18th to Sunday, August 22nd. Starting with a music concert, the festival will stretch beyond the exhibition centre to include a number of different events to showcase the culture and variety of gaming.


Conference Programme There are two lecture-based events running in Gamescom:


GDC Europe Running ahead of the main Gamescom event, from August 16th to 18th, this developer conference promises a mix of keynotes, lectures, roundtables and workshops with speakers from across Europe and around the world.


gamesCompetence Taking place on Thursday, August 19th from 10am to 6pm, this is a special forum dedicated to discussing the issues around the increased popularity of online and social games. The forum is backed by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (where Cologne is located).


Cologne’s Gamescom trade and consumer expo is


back next week, after its hugely successful 2009 debut. It all kicks off from August 18th – but to get you started we’ve put


together a six-page in- depth guide to the show


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