Gamescom 2019 was the event’s biggest show yet

Gamescom 2019 reached more people than ever before, including 373,000 visitors from more than 100 countries, 30,000+ of which were trade visitors. A press release from the organisation also revealed “millions of gamers” joined by livestream, including thousands who tuned into the event’s inaugural Opening Night Live show.

Of course, Gamescom isn’t just about the expo. More than 90 speeches were given to the 3,000 visitors attending the preceding Devcom conference, which included keynotes by Cristian Pana from Ubisoft Massive and Randy Varnell from Gearbox, and 700 participants from the sports, media and esports industries “used SPOBIS Gaming & Media for an informative exchange and intensive networking”. 

The organisers also report more than 100 million related videos have been accessed worldwide, and this figure is “still strongly increasing”.

“Gamescom once again impressively continued its success story this year: on-site and online. With Gamescom: Opening Night Live, we have taken a decisive step in the direction of becoming an international platform for new products,” said Gerald Böse, president and CEO of Koelnmesse GmbH.

“At the same time, the show was also the starting point for our new Gamescom now digital offering, with which we offered the digital community additional access to Gamescom. Thanks to the successful combination of a unique gaming offering on the grounds, supplemental formats and the extension to the online world, we have further strengthened Gamescom as a 360-degree experience event and a leading communication platform. There have never been this many innovations at Gamescom – never have we reached so many people as in this year.” 

“The international relevance of Gamescom has never been greater than in this year. Especially our new show, ‘Gamescom: Opening Night Live’, has already shown with its premiere how strong the worldwide interest in Gamescom is,” added Felix Falk, managing director of game – The German Games Industry Association. “With ‘Gamescom now’, we have also created a gathering point at which players can acquire an overview of the many new products and events on the fairgrounds. As the largest games event in the world, Gamescom this year primarily stood for many new products, for the wonderful community and for themes such as inclusion and diversity.” 

For 2020, Gamescom will run from Tuesday, 25 August to Saturday, 29 August once again in Cologne, Germany.

About Vikki Blake

It took 15 years of civil service monotony for Vikki to crack and switch to writing about games. She has since become an experienced reporter and critic working with a number of specialist and mainstream outlets in both the UK and beyond, including Eurogamer, GamesRadar+, IGN, MTV, and Variety.

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