With a new, albeit narrow, visitor record, Gamescom from August 20 to 24, 2019 reached more people than ever before: a total of 373.000 visitors from over 100 countries were there, including estimates from the last day of the fair, including 31.300 trade visitors . In addition, there are millions of gamers who follow the news online worldwide: more than 500.000 viewers worldwide alone watched the new international show "Gamescom: Opening Night Live" with producer and presenter Geoff Keighley in the live stream.

The show thus caught up with the reach of the top international events in the games industry right from the premiere. In the first few days alone, Gamescom video content was viewed well over 100 million times worldwide. Among other things, the offers of the new digital platform "Gamescom now" contributed to this. On site, 1.153 companies (up ten percent) on an enlarged area of ​​218.000 square meters (up eight percent) ensured true gaming diversity in the Cologne exhibition halls.

Gamescom 2019 is much more international 

The foreign share on the exhibitor side was around 70 percent and thus once again underlines the international importance of Gamescom. The area expansion, adjustments to the hall occupancy as well
Improved catering offers made the visit more comfortable and met with a positive response from the guests on site. The new Event Arena convinced eSports fans on all public days with tournaments from various publishers.

Gamescom also celebrated a premiere online:

Gamescom is impressively continuing its success story this year: on site and online. With "Gamescom: Opening Night Live" we have taken a key step in the direction of an international novelty platform. At the same time, the show was the start of our new digital offering "Gamescom now", with which we offered the digital community additional access to Gamescom. With the successful combination of a unique range of games on the site, additional formats and the extension to the Internet, we have further strengthened Gamescom as a 360-degree experience event and leading communication platform. There have never been so many innovations at gamescom - we have never reached so many people as this year.
Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse GmbH

This year's Gamescom week began with the new gamescom opening event: Opening Night Live. On the opening Monday, presenter and producer Geoff Keighley wowed over 1.500
On-site visitors and millions of people worldwide. More than 500.000 viewers watched the live stream at the same time. The brand new show featured announcements from major publishers and indie developers, world premieres with new trailers and guest appearances by stars of the international games industry. One of the highlights was the appearance of the visionary game developer Hideo Kojima, who gave exclusive advance insights into Death Stranding.
The international relevance of Gamescom has never been greater than this year. Above all, our new show "Gamescom: Opening Night Live" showed at the premiere how strong the worldwide interest in Gamescom is. With "Gamescom now" we have also created a collection point where players can get an overview of the many innovations and events at the exhibition center. As the largest games event in the world, Gamescom this year stood for many innovations, for the great community and also for topics such as inclusion and diversity.
Felix Falk, Managing Director of game - Association of the German Games Industry
From the first day of the public, enthusiastic fans celebrated the fascination of computer games in the newly opened event arena, among other places. Different companies, including Gameloft, ESL, Riot Games and Telekom, presented spectacular tournaments every day, ensuring an unprecedented variety of eSports. 

Indie games in demand like never before

“Indies”, one of this year's trending topics, found a new home in the Gamescom Indie Village. More than 150 games by 140 developers from over 30 countries offered more indie games than ever before and made the trend topic tangible for the numerous fans on site.

Organizers, helpers and exhibitors at the Indie Booth Arena are happy about their mutual success. Photo: Indie Booth Arena

Organizers, helpers and exhibitors at the Indie Booth Arena are happy about their mutual success. Photo: Indie Booth Arena

It is no surprise that the Indie Booth Arena won the award for the best stand construction at Gamescom 2019. The game stations were full, the titles presented were of high quality. The outstanding strategy gameThrough the Darktest of Times' was represented in the indie sector, as was the successor to Everspace by Rockfish Games and the adventure game 'Lunasea' by Bedtime Digital Games from Denmark. 

Organizers and sponsors have set up a gigantic stand this year: 1.500 square meters with over 100 entertaining games. Indie games are no longer marginal phenomena.

Gamescom reaches fans around the world

Anyone who was unable to get a ticket for Gamescom this year had the opportunity to watch numerous live streams and videos from Gamescom 2019 on "Gamescom now". Over the entire duration of the fair, the team provided diverse impressions of the world's largest event for computers and video games: 'booth tours', events captured by the show floor crew, live content from the new event arena and the indie village or interviews and Gameplays from the 'IGN@gamescom now' studio were just a few examples of the new digital offering. In total, far more than 28 hours of live streams were available for gaming fans worldwide.

The Gamescom City Festival traditionally closed the Gamescom Week 2019. Until August 25th
It was said on Neumarkt, Rudolfplatz and Hohenzollernring: Clear the stage for games, music, street food! More than 100.000 additional visitors were expected to the Gamescom City Festival in the Rhine metropolis.

That was Gamescom 2019

Because Gamescom would be unthinkable without awards, prizes were given to the best video and computer games: The Gamescom Awards.

The winners of one of the most coveted prizes in the international computer and video game industry have been determined: On Gamescom Saturday, the Gamescom Awards were presented in the categories that were still open. In addition to the decision of the expert jury on the winners in a further six jury categories and the Best of Gamescom Award, the winners of the four fan categories were also announced, including the Gamescom “Most Wanted” Consumer Award. The jury selected the winners from more than 160 submissions.

The coveted Best of Gamescom Award went to the Sony title “Dreams” this year. The simultaneously powerful and accessible game construction kit from British developer Media Molecule also impressed the jury in the categories of Best Sony PlayStation 4 Game and Most Original Game. Gamescom fans voted "Borderlands 3" their hottest title of the year. The 2K title was also named Best Multiplayer Game by the jury. PietSmiet was voted Best Streamer / Let's Player by the fans of Gamescom.

The winners of all categories:

Dreams, Sony Interactive Entertainment

Best VR / AR game
Marvel's Iron Man, Sony Interactive Entertainment

Best hardware / technology
Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, Microsoft

Best Multiplayer Game
Borderlands 3, 2K

Best Ongoing Game
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, Capcom Entertai

Best Booth (Fan Category)
Indie Arena Booth, Super Crowd Entertainment

Best eSports Experience (Fan Category)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate gamescom 2019 Invitational, Nintendo

Best Streamer / Let's Player (Fan Category)

gamescom "Most Wanted" Consumer Award (fan category)
Borderlands 3, 2K

Best Games Company (Jury Category)
THQ Nordic

HEART OF GAMING Award (Jury Category)
Diversity with a focus on accessibility

gamescom Indie award (jury category)
El Hijo, Honey Studios

Best of CAMPUS (jury category)
Super Size Hero, Baden-Württemberg Film Academy

Best Action Adventure Game
Blacksad: Under the Skin, Astragon Entertainment

Best Action Game
DOOM Eternal, Bethesda

Best Family Game
Concrete Genie, Sony Interactive Entertainment

Best Racing Game
Grid, Codemasters

Best role playing game
Wasteland 3, InXile / Deep Silver

Best simulation game
Planet Zoo, Frontier

Best Sports Game
Roller Champions, Ubisoft

Best Strategy Game
Desperados III, Mimimi Productions

Most Original Game
Dreams, Sony Interactive Entertainment

Best Microsoft Xbox One Game
Gears 5, Microsoft

Best Nintendo Switch Game
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Nintendo

Best Sony PlayStation 4 Game
Dreams, Sony Interactive Entertainment

Best Mobile Game
Battle Chasers: Nightwar - Mobile Edition, HandyGames

Best PC Games
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Ubisoft

THQ Nordic can look forward to being named Best Games Company at Gamescom 2019. In addition, the best strategy game "Desperados III" by Mimimi Productions will be published by THQ Nordic. The THQ Nordic
The developer and publisher, Handy Games, won the award for Best Mobile Game with “Battle Chasers: Nightwar - Mobile Edition” and publishes the winner of the Gamescom Indie Awards “El Hijo” from Honig Studios.

The “Heart of Gaming Award”, created as a special prize by the jury, was won by the topic of diversity at Gamescom and in particular the focus on accessibility. The jury of the Gamescom Awards recognizes the diversity of Gamescom fans, whose passion for gaming unites the entire community despite all differences, as well as the efforts of many exhibitors and players in the games industry to really get everyone involved in gaming - completely independently of physical limitations. At Gamescom 2019, the heart of gaming was tangibly beating for diversity and accessibility.
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