The wait is over, and we can officially say it's Gamescom week! If you're wondering what the hype is all about, we can assure you there's a good reason everyone's excited. Expect new game reveals and developer showcases aplenty.
Attendees also get the chance to try out new games before everyone else. And it's not just for the press. The public can buy tickets too.
Check out our exclusive interview with Gamescom's host, Geoff Knightley. And we've also penned a quick Gamescom Opening Night Live recap to bring you up to speed on what went down during Tuesday night's show.
As the event starts today, you might be wondering what's happening - and when it's happening. The dates and times of the individual events have been released, so you can get into planning mode. We'll explain a bit more about Gamescom below, share the complete schedule, and explain how you can grab tickets.
When is Gamescom 2023?
Gamescom 2023 is starting on Monday 21st August and comes to an end on Sunday 27th August.
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The devcom (developer conference) kicks off the event this year on 21st August, with the Opening Night Live showcase, hosted by Summer Game Fest and the Game Awards’ very own Geoff Keighley, set to livestream on 22nd August at 7pm UK time (11am PT/2pm ET).
Trade visitors and members of the media will be granted in-person access to the event on 23rd August and the entertainment area opens up to the public on 24th August up until its close on 27th August.
Gamescom 2023 schedule of events
The full Gamescom 2023 schedule of events kicks off with devcom on 21st August and then Opening Night Live on 22nd August. After these events, there are plenty more to keep an eye on, including the Future Games Show.
The complete Gamescom 2023 schedule of events is as follows:
- devcom | 21st-22nd August
- Opening Night Live | 22nd August - 7pm UK, 11am PT/2pm ET USA
- Into the Infinite: A Level Infinite Showcase | 6pm UK, 10am PT/1pm ET USA
- Future Games Show | 23rd August - 7pm UK, 11am PT/2pm ET USA
- Business area opens for trade visitors and media | 23rd-25th August
- Event arena open for everyone | 23rd-27th August
- Entertainment area open for everyone | 24th-27th August
- Gamescom city festival | 26th-27th August
In terms of opening times: as far as we can tell on the official website, it looks like the Gamescom 2023 show floor generally opens at 9am local time on each day it's open.
Which companies are confirmed for Gamescom 2023?
The following companies have all been confirmed for attendance at Gamescom 2023:
- Amazon Games
- Bandai Namco
- Bethesda Softworks
- Devolver Digital
- Focus Entertainment
- Frontier Developments
- Headup Games
- The LEGO Group
- Level Infinite
- Pearl Abyss
- Raw Fury
As we get closer to its start date, more developers and publishers could join in on the fun. The above list is confirmed as of writing.
Expect to see plenty of new details and impressions of upcoming releases from the companies above. It’s set to be a bumper year and hopefully we learn more about the likes of Starfield, Super Mario Bros Wonder, and others.
How to get tickets for Gamescom 2023
To get tickets for Gamescom 2023, you need to head to the official Gamescom website. Tickets are on sale now and cost as little as €9 for evening entry to €36 for a full day entry on Saturday.
Simply head to the official Gamescom website to purchase your ticket. There are several different ticket types you can buy.
Check out the image below for full details of tickets for Gamescom 2023.
Remember, public access to the event is limited and will be clearly marked on-site in Cologne.
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