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Gamescom 2023

All passionate gamers flock to the most remarkable video game fair in Europe!


All gamers know of the Asia Game Show, the most significant gaming event in the world. Well, Gamescom is in second place but doesn't lag behind in the number of visitors or the size of exhibition space. This four-day giant trade show is held annually in late August at the Koelnmesse in Cologne.

It attracts around 90 countries, presenting their latest top games, innovative accessories, and current software. Around 700 exhibitors, more than 6,000 journalists and more than 345,000 visitors attended the show in the sixth year of its existence. Among the exhibitors, there are well-known companies such as 2K Games, Microsoft Studios Studio Wildcard, Atari, Nintendo, Bethesda Softworks, and many others.

Regarding queuing, organisers do their best to eliminate any inconveniences. In 2017, the visitor flow was separated into two groups: with and without tickets. Ticket holders may benefit from the fast lane through Hall 11. However, there is no guarantee that before the opening and during other busy times there will be no waiting times. Another improvement was made to prevent overcrowding—admission tickets are only sold until the visitors' number reaches the day's maximum.

Operating hours are mostly from 9 am to 8 pm with slight variations. To avoid the crowds, its best to arrive in the evening after 5 pm when there are fewer visitors.

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin