【DE】gamescom 2021: Extensive show program featuring over 70 developers and publishers


Gamescom, the world’s biggest computer and video games event, enjoyed huge success with its shows in 2020: More than 100 million video views across all formats and channels, more than 50 million unique users from 180 countries and more than 2 million simultaneous live viewers at gamescom: Opening Night Live – putting it right among the top of last year’s international event live streams in the games industry. Now, for the first time, gamescom reveals details about this year’s show program. In total, new games from over 70 developers and publishers have been selected by the editorial teams for the German- and English-language shows. Many other partners will present themselves and their games on gamescom now.

gamescom: Opening Night Live featuring over 30 games

Preparations for the big opening show of gamescom 2021 are in full swing. Geoff Keighley, host and producer of gamescom: Opening Night Live, sets the mood for this year’s program: “We’re delighted to produce another gamescom: Opening Night Live, which will present more than 30 games from across the industry this year. The community can look forward to new game reveals, updates on the most anticipated games and other surprises with guests on stage and much more – all live streamed for fans around the world.”

gamescom: Opening Night Live will start on August 25 at 19:30 (CEST) with a half-hour pre-show. The main show will then run from 20:00 to 22:00 (CEST). For the first time, Geoff Keighley will have a co-host from Germany – GameStar’s Natascha Becker. gamescom: Opening Night Live will be broadcasted on gamescom’s channels as well as other channels on Twitch and YouTube. Many creators will also co-stream and provide commentary on the program in different languages.

IGN’s all-star cast will rock in the studio and Venice Beach

The English-language gamescom studio will kick off on August 25 from 22:00 to 24:00 (CEST) with an aftershow for gamescom: Opening Night Live. After that, it will run from August 26, 19:00 (CEST) to August 27, 01:00 (CEST).On the last official gamescom day, August 27, the show will run from 19:00 to 24:00 (CEST). The show will again be produced by IGN. Gameplay deep dives, trailer premieres, analyses of recent announcements and memorabilia from the entire history of gamescom will be presented by an all-star cast from the IGN family. Included among them are Daemon Hatfield from “Game Scoop!” and “Next Gen Console Watch,” creator of “GeekHeavy” and host of “IGN The Fix: Entertainment” Akeem Lawanson, and Stella Chung, co-host of the “Apex Legends Global Series Championship” and host of “IGN Weekly Fix.”

Also produced by IGN is gamescom: Awesome Indies, which focuses on hotly awaited indie titles. Hosting once again is Michael Swaim, who will present around 40 indie games in the show. In keeping with the special feel of the indie scene, trailer presentations and new launches will be accompanied by comedy bits and other surprises in various locations around Venice Beach. gamescom: Awesome Indies will be broadcast on Thursday, August 26, from 20:30 to 22:00 (CEST).

Familiar faces from Webedia will provide over 20 hours of live programming

As last year, the German-language gamescom studio will be produced by Webedia. Like its English counterpart, the German-language program will start on August 25 from 22:00 to 24:00 (CEST) with an aftershow for gamescom: Opening Night Live. On August 26 and 27, the German-language gamescom studio will run from 14:00 to 22:30 (CEST). Interviews, game presentations, panels and community campaigns will be presented by personalities such as Michael Obermeier from GameStar, who will moderate the day’s program together with Kiara Hufnagel. Ann-Kathrin Kuhls from GamePro and Julius Busch from the MAX Twitch channel will do the evening shows.

About gamescom
gamescom is the world’s largest event for computer and video games and Europe’s largest business platform for the games industry. gamescom 2021 will be held exclusively in digital format from Wednesday, August 25 to Friday, August 27, 2021. On-site events in Cologne will not take place this year. gamescom is jointly organized by Koelnmesse and game – the German Games Industry Association.

Koelnmesse – Global Competence in Digital Media, Entertainment and Mobility: Koelnmesse is an international leader in organising trade fairs in the Digital Media, Entertainment and Mobility segments. Trade fairs like DMEXCO, gamescom, gamescom asia, INTERMOT and THE TIRE COLOGNE are established as leading international trade fairs. Koelnmesse not only organises trade fairs in these areas in Cologne, but also in other growth markets like, for example, China, Singapore and Thailand, which have different areas of focus and content. These global activities offer customers of Koelnmesse tailor-made events in different markets, which guarantee sustainable and international business.

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