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Gamescom is the world’s largest video game trade fair. Held every year in Cologne, Germany, this event has grown to become one of the most important dates on the international gaming calendar.

While E3 used to be the place to debut new games and hardware, Gamescom has almost entirely taken over that mission. If you want to know what’s coming – and what Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and others plan for the future of gaming – you need only look here.

What Exactly is Gamescon?

Gamescom is a video game trade fair held annually in Cologne, Germany. It is the world’s largest gaming event, with over 345,000 visitors in 2017. The event features playable demos of upcoming games, developer panels, and cosplay competitions.

The first Gamescom was held in 2009 and is organized by the German trade association “Bundesverband Interaktive Unterhaltungssoftware” (Federal Association of Interactive Entertainment Software).

What Happens at Gamescon?

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Gamescom mostly features upcoming and recently released video games. Often, significant announcements will be made during the convention, such as new product releases or game updates.

Many games also have a large booth which is used to demo gameplay and offer attendees hands-on time with upcoming titles. These games are showcased during press conferences, which often take place a day or two before the show opens.

There is also a smaller business area in which publishers sign deals using “business-to-business” (B2B) principles. This area is only open to trade visitors and industry representatives with special passes. In 2017, 99 companies signed business agreements on the “business-to-business” (B2B) exhibition floor.

Gamescom hosts a variety of cosplay events and competitions, which allow attendees to dress up as their favorite video game characters.

Prizes are awarded for the best costumes in several different categories, including the best replica weapons or props from new titles and the most creative design. A series of free concerts also take place at the event, featuring major pop and rock acts, covers bands, orchestras, and choirs.

Who Goes to Gamescom?

Gamescom is mostly attended by gamers, developers/publishers, journalists, trade visitors, and members of the general public. An especially large number of teenagers attend the event every year.

Because of this, and the fact that many attendees will already have access to an expensive console and computer, there is a significant amount of unofficial (unlicensed) merchandise available for sale at Gamescom.

Gamescom is held in Cologne every year. The convention center where it is hosted has a large exhibition floor area, but it does not have enough room to accommodate all of the exhibitors.

In 2016, some companies had to forego an exhibition booth and instead used meeting rooms or open spaces in order to showcase their games.

What Do I Need for Gamescom?

Gamescom attendees must register in order to receive a ticket that provides access to the event. Each registered person receives a wristband that grants them access to the convention floor and the business area.

Attendees between 14-17 years old must be accompanied by an adult to register, while children younger than 13 can enter for free. People who wish to attend the event but do not want to stand in line or wait for several hours will also need a ticket (business visitors do not need a ticket).

Visitors with a media pass must present their credentials at the entrance to receive a wristband. These passes can be used by people who work for print publications, radio stations, television outlets, and online news sites. Gamescom staff may also reject a media pass if they feel that the person holding it will not produce an adequate report or story.

What Can I Do at Gamescom?

Gamescom has a variety of entertainment and activities available for visitors. The event hosts several gaming competitions, such as the League of Legends Championship and The European Regional Finals of the 2016 Magic: The Gathering World Championships.

There is also an advisory board consisting of experts from different companies, which helps to determine which games will be nominated for awards.

Other available activities include several cosplay events, meet and greets with game developers or company executives, game testing sessions, panels focusing on important topics within the industry, and concerts by popular music acts.

Visitors are also able to talk with members of press outlets that cover gaming news; these media guests can be found in a special area near the entrance.

Gamescom features a large number of vendor stalls and corporate booths, where exhibitors can show off their latest developments to industry professionals and visitors.

These areas also usually contain free giveaways for people who visit them, such as swag (small trinkets or toys often given out at conventions) or coupons for special offers on merchandise or services.

Cosplay at Gamescom

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There are many different types of costumes that people can wear, and it’s a great way to express your love for a particular character. If you’re thinking about cosplaying at Gamescom, here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Choose a character that you really love and know inside and out. This will make it easier to come up with a costume that accurately represents the character.
  • If you’re having trouble deciding on a character, try to choose one that fits with the theme. You don’t want your Star-Lord costume to be for naught.
  • Think about how much time and money you want to invest in this cosplay project, and leave yourself plenty of time when planning out your outfit.
  • Make sure you have the right contacts. The last thing you want is to be embarrassed by having problems with your costume while at Gamescom.
  • Be creative! Try not to go for a generic character that everyone has already seen before, but don’t feel pressured to come up with something completely original either. Have fun and enjoy what you’re doing.
  • Practice makes perfect, so make sure you do some test runs before the event and plan out your route to Gamescom as well.
  • If you’re going alone, try and find a friend who will be there with you to help display your costume; this will also help if something goes wrong with your outfit or prop.
  • Try to stay relaxed and take it easy. Cosplaying is meant to be fun, not stressful! If you’re feeling nervous or overwhelmed, there are plenty of places where you can relax and catch your breath.
  • Finally, remember that if nothing else goes right at Gamescom, your outfit will still get attention for being awesome.

In Conclusion

If you follow these steps, cosplaying at Gamescom should be a great experience for all involved. That said, it’s always nice to know what to expect when spending time in Germany; there are some things you might not think about that will help make your trip go smoothly.

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