While the cosplayers have been tinkering with new costumes for weeks and months, gamers can now prepare for the upcoming Gamescom 2017. With the purchase of tickets, for example - because they are now officially available in retail outlets. In addition, Canada is acting as the partner country of Gamescom 2017 in Cologne this year.

Gamescom 2017: Tickets also available in retail outlets

Gamers who previously did not order their Gamescom tickets online can now also buy them from local retailers. As every year, electronics retailer Saturn sells tickets for one of the hottest entertainment fairs in the world in a total of 155 branches. However, if you buy the ticket for Gamescom 2017 in advance, you should note the following important restriction: the tickets bought at Saturn are also non-transferrable because they have to be personalized after purchase via the official Gamescom website.

The tickets include free travel by local public transport and cost between 14 euros (8,50 euros reduced) and 18 euros (12,50 euros reduced). The necessary tickets can be downloaded from the official shop together with the redemption of the vouchers for the gamescom tickets. The admission ticket alone is not a valid ticket.

The partner country of Gamescom 2017 is Canada. This was jointly announced by Koelnmesse GmbH, the German Association of Interactive Entertainment Software (BIU) and the Canadian government. This means that creative minds from one of the world's most important locations for video game development will be guests in Cologne in August. In the Canada Pavilion in particular, interested cooperation partners will be provided with industry information. The selection of Canada as the partner country of Gamescom 2017 could not have been more appropriate: after all, Canadians are celebrating the 150th birthday of their home country. Katharina C. Hamma, Managing Director of Koelnmesse, explains: "With first-class expertise in the field of computer and video game development, this year's partner country Canada is a real asset for gamescom and its accompanying events and congresses."

In terms of total production, the Canadian video game industry ranks third behind Japan and the United States. The companies thus contribute a significant part (over three billion Canadian dollars) to Canada's gross domestic product. The fact that Canada is also of great importance for the gaming market Germany became apparent in 2015, when Canada established itself as the second most successful gaming development location after the USA.