Gamescom 2022 Finally Goes Back as a Physical Event

Back to Cologne!

Pressekonferenz gamescom 2021 mit v.l.n.r. Franz Peter Mann (Kommunikationsmanager gamescom), Felix Falk (Geschäftsführer game – Verband der deutschen Games-Branche) und Oliver Frese (Geschäftsführer der Koelnmesse), Rheinsaal, Congress Centrum Nord

It has been confirmed by the organizers that Gamescom 2022 will be returning as a physical event.

Just like in previous Gamescom events, this year will still be held in Cologne’s Koelnmesse convention center. It will be held from August 24, 2022 until August 28.

There are several safety measures implemented in order to minimize problems arising during the event. These are limited ticket allocation, better entrance management, digital queues, and extra-wide aisles in halls.

While this is going to be a physical event, there is still the digital program as well where games from around the world can enjoy the event while watching on livestream. Those who will be in-person during the event will also be safe with hygiene and safety measures in place.

Also new to this year is the new project done by Gamescome, which is “Gamescom goes green”. The event will be designed to be climate-neutral over the medium and long term via the reduction and avoidance of CO2 emissions and in the short term through carbon offset.

Gamescom 2022 will have the following on site and online offerings:

  • entertainment area and business area, as well as additional sections, including for cosplay, retro, and indie fans, with the unique festival feeling of gamescom on-site
  • gamescom shows like gamescom: Opening Night Live, gamescom studios, and gamescom: Awesome Indies with a live audience on-site, as well as streams broadcast on numerous channels
  • Bundled gamescom content on gamescom now
  • Interactive quests on all gamescom channels and attractive rewards in the context of gamescom epix
  • Many cooperative projects with international creators and media partners

Oliver Frese, COO of Koelnmesse: “We are now finally back again with gamescom – in Cologne and online! And this with a convincing momentum from the games industry. This pleases me greatly. Together we have set up a strong concept, in the context of which we of course also ensure the safety and health, as well as the well-being of all those present.“ Frese is equally looking forward to the ‘gamescom goes green’ initiative: “We at Koelnmesse have also long been working on balancing our business activity with societal and environmental needs. This is our ambition.” Here it is good to have a strong partner like game at one’s side, as well as exhibitors and visitors. It can only work together: “Everyone must contribute. With the pilot ‘gamescom goes green’, we are now placing ourselves at the forefront in matters of climate-friendly trade fairs – worldwide!“