After gaming and hardware fans now had to do without the games fair on site in Cologne due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the responsible parties have now announced that gamescom 2022 will finally be allowed to take place again on site in Cologne (and via livestream). At the same time, the fair is to be more sustainable than ever before.
gamescom 2022 finally back at Kölnmesse
Since its debut in 2009, gamescom in Cologne has moulted into the largest games fair in the world. The last time it was held on-site at the Kölnmesse was in 2019, before the COVID 19 pandemic meant it only came home via livestream for two years.
The world’s largest computer and video games event and Europe’s leading business platform for the games industry will finally return to Cologne’s exhibition halls from August 24-28. The on-site experience will be combined with an extensive digital program.
For gamescom 2022, Koelnmesse will be using a tried-and-tested hygiene and security concept that complies with all currently applicable legal regulations. At the same time, security and a high quality of stay are to be ensured. Improved admission management, digital queue management, extra-wide aisles and strictly limited ticket allotments are to ensure the necessary security.
The gamescom 2022 includes, among others, the following on-site and online offerings:
- entertainment area, business area and other areas, including for cosplay, retro and indie fans
- gamescom shows such as gamescom: Opening Night Live, gamescom studios and gamescom: Awesome Indies with live audiences 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 as part of gamescom EPIX
- Numerous collaborations with international creators and media partners
gamescom goes green
Also new this year is the “gamescom goes green” project, which aims to make gamescom as a whole climate-neutral in the medium and long term by reducing and avoiding CO2 emissions, and in the short term by offsetting CO2 emissions.
The core event with all areas will become climate neutral in cooperation with ClimatePartner. Koelnmesse and game-Verband will offset the calculated CO2 emissions via two certified climate protection projects: a wind energy project in northeastern Brazil and clean cooking ovens in Abuja, Nigeria.
Visitors can make a voluntary contribution to climate protection by making a donation or purchasing a “green ticket.” The proceeds go to the gamescom forest near Bayreuth, which is now almost 20,000m² in size. Exhibitors can make a recommended climate protection contribution depending on the size of their stand. This also supports the climate protection projects jointly selected by gamescom and ClimatePartner.