500,000 visitors expected at Gamescom
August 22 2018 01:32 AM
Children play during the media day at Gamescom.


The western German city of Cologne is set to host a stream of video and computer game enthusiasts in the coming days, after the Gamescom industry fair opened yesterday.
Some 500,000 visitors are expected to participate in Gamescom events at the Cologne Exhibition Centre and throughout the city before the event closes on Saturday.
The premier of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia – where Cologne is located – and the city’s mayor attended the first day of the fair, which is reserved for industry and media representatives.
Private visitors are welcome from today.
State Premier Armin Laschet said he would like to see state subsidies for developers doubled in Germany, pointing out that state support for the gaming industry is already common practice in other countries, such as Poland.
More than 1,000 exhibitors from over 50 countries – including big names like Ubisoft, Koch Media, and THQ Nordic – will display their wares at Gamescom, according to the fair’s website.

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