gamescom 2020: Top international companies confirm participation

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Preparations for the world’s biggest event for computer and video games are well underway. Many companies have already confirmed their digital participation as official partners. Among them are the top international companies:

  • Activision Blizzard
  • astragon
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
  • Electronic Arts
  • ESL
  • Headup
  • Indie Arena Booth
  • Koch Media
  • Microsoft/Xbox
  • SEGA Europe
  • Wargaming
  • Ubisoft
  • Yager Development GmbH
  • and many more

In addition to this, more partnerships are currently being concluded and regularly announced on . These are supplemented by many partnerships with content creators and platforms, which will be announced at a later date.

The guiding theme of gamescom 2020 has also been defined: with “Playing into the future”, gamescom focuses on the many positive effects of games and the games industry on society: computer and video games have helped millions of people during the corona crisis, for example, by also helping to maintain contact with friends and family during the lockdown. Classic sports events took place during the corona pandemic as e-sports tournaments, while it was possible to visit concerts and entire festivals within games, and numerous charity activities took place within the community. It was even possible to participate in research on the corona virus thanks to the experimental game “Foldit”. This means that games and their communities were already pointing a finger in the direction of gamescom, because, although the world’s largest games event of the year could not take place on location in Cologne, it will still bring millions of gamers together in 2020 to follow the biggest new products and news and to celebrate games culture.

Oliver Frese, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse: “Thanks to the innovative and bold games industry and games community, we can together organize one of the biggest events in the world with gamescom 2020, even in these times, and thus embark on new paths. This is once again evident: there was already a lot of support from companies shortly after communication of our digital concept for gamescom 2020, as is made impressively clear by the long list of first partners. Many more partners will follow. Millions of fans can now look forward all the more to an eventful gamescom 2020.”

Felix Falk, Managing Director of game – Association of the German Games Industry: “In the difficult times of the corona pandemic, games have helped millions of people worldwide and provided fun and pleasure. They have helped friends and families to stay in touch, even when we could not leave the house. The games industry and community has always been characterized by this positive and future-oriented attitude. gamescom will thus once again provide a forecast in 2020 of what will be in the living rooms of millions of gamers tomorrow, on the screens the day after tomorrow, and will enrich all of our lives in future.”

Trend “New console generation”

The successors to the current generation of consoles have been announced for the end of the year with the PlayStation 5 from Sony and the Xbox Series X from Microsoft. Millions of fans worldwide are already waiting with longing for the new devices. The new console generation is thus the top trend of this year’s gamescom. Finally, there will be many announcements and much news revolving around the consoles in the context of gamescom at the end of August, only a few weeks prior to its start. The new models offer especially high performance, thus enabling gaming worlds of a magnitude and wealth of detail that have been impossible to realize up to now. The new devices master, among other things, so-called ray tracing, with which a novel calculation of light enables especially realistic graphics. Where one needed an entire computer centre for this a few years ago, this will soon be found in the new consoles in the living room.

Trend “Games at school”

Corresponding with the start of the school year in many federal states at the end of August, the second gamescom trend this year is “Games at school”. There has already long been a large and varied offering of serious games, with which one can learn playfully. More and more parents and children trust in such games. Due to the corona-related closures of schools, the need for them has increased dramatically. However, the corresponding serious games have to date primarily been used at home and in the private realm. Serious games have many positive qualities that also provide help with teaching and learning in school: they are fun, motivate, and thus improve learning success. Unfortunately, many schools in Germany are still too poorly equipped to consistently include serious games in the school routine. Which is why the focus of the gamescom congress is also on digital education this year. There, among other things, best practice examples will be shown and the exchange between educators promoted.

About gamescom

gamescom is the world’s largest event for computer and video games and Europe’s largest business platform for the games industry. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, gamescom 2020 will be held exclusively in digital format from Thursday, August 27, 2020 to Sunday, August 30, 2020. On-site events in Cologne will not take place this year given the current situation. 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 photokina, 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.

gamescom award 2020: apply now!

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July 2020 – The application phase for the gamescom award 2020 has started: Official partners of gamescom can submit their games and products to the awards office until 7 August, 4:00 p.m. The gamescom award is presented in a total of 27 categories. Selected winners will already be announced on Thursday, 27 August 2020 in the context of the big, international gamescom: Opening Night Live opening show. All other prizes of the gamescom award 2020 will be presented on Sunday, 30 August 2020 in the context of the gamescom: Best of Show.

Due to the corona pandemic, gamescom is this year taking place exclusively in digital form for the first time. In keeping with this new gamescom format, the gamescom award is coming with a series of innovations. For example, the categories have been revised: categories like Best Booth will not be considered this year. The “gamescom global Awards” category group is being supplemented with the new categories of “Best Announcement”, “Best Lineup” and “Best Presentation/Trailer”. A new addition to the genre categories is “Best Remaster”, and the jury will vote on the “Most Wanted Hardware/Technology” in the Platform category group. gamescom fans now decide the “Best Show” for the Consumer Awards.

For a successful entry, the submission form for the gamescom award must be filled out and sent to the awards office by the deadline. The basis of assessment for the jury are ten-minute gameplay videos. More precise specifications for the design of the video can be found in the rules.

The deadline for submissions for the gamescom award is Friday, 7 August 2020, 4:00 p.m. The general conditions of participation and the application forms for the gamescom award 2020 can be found here:

An overview of the gamescom award 2020 categories. Categories marked with * are new this year.

Genre categories group:

  • Best Action Adventure G
  • Best Action Game
  • Best Family Game
  • Best Action Adventure G
  • Best Racing Game
  • Best Remaster*
  • Best Role Playing Game
  • Best Simulation Game
  • Best Sports Game
  • Best Strategy Game
  • Best Multiplayer Game
  • Best Ongoing Game
  • Most Original Game


Platform categories group:

  • Best Game Microsoft Xbox
  • Most Wanted Hardware / Technology*
  • Best Game Nintendo Switch
  • Best PC Game
  • Best Game Sony Playstation
  • Most Wanted Hardware / Technology*


Consumer awards categories group:

  • Best Show*
  • gamescom “Most Wanted”
  • Best Streamer


gamescom global awards categories group:

  • Best Announcement*
  • Best Lineup*
  • Best of gamescom
  • Best Presentation / Trailer*

Direct submissions are only possible in the Genre and Platform category groups.

The awards office of the gamescom award 2020 will once again be headed by the Stiftung Digitale Spielekultur.

To know more, visit gamescom or contact Ms. Riznha Mendoza of ECCP at


Sonia Wedell-Castellano answers key questions on DOMOTEX 2021

DOMOTEX, the world’s leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings, which will be held in Hannover from January 15 to 18, 2021, is designed to give a further boost to business and offer the industry the best chances for a successful restart.
In a brief interview, Sonia Wedell-Castellano, Global Director of DOMOTEX, provides answers about the current registration status and explains what exhibitors and visitors have to be prepared for, based on the comprehensive protection concept.

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spoga+gafa suspends for 2020, changing to new date


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spoga+gafa takes place once at the end of May in 2021, then in the middle or end of June

At the request of the industry, Koelnmesse is moving the date for spoga+gafa to the first half of the year. In future, this means that the largest garden lifestyle trade fair in the world will be held at a time more convenient for orders by large segments of the industry.

With the entire area almost fully booked the spring of 2020 and thus outstanding registration levels for spoga+gafa, the trade fair situation increasingly came to reflect the current developments around Covid-19 and the economic situation. The news about new cases of infection in Germany played a role, as well. The current travel situation is still uncertain, too – particularly at the intercontinental level. That is why in recent weeks a large majority of exhibitors and trade visitors decided not to attend spoga+gafa after all. In the end, the extensive preparations for the trade fair and the #B-SAFE4business package of measures for the coronavirus- compliant implementation of our trade fairs were not enough to calm the hesitancy amongst trade fair attendees. For this reason Koelnmesse reassessed the overall situation together with the Advisory Board and decided that it was best to respond to the cancellations and wishes of a large number of industry exhibitors and visitors by not implementing spoga+gafa 2020. In future, spoga+gafa will take place in the middle or end of June. Only in the coming year will it take place unanimously from 30 May to 1 June.

spoga+gafa generated the growth seen in recent years – in terms of exhibitors, space and visitorship – through a particularly close cooperation with the garden-lifestyle industry. Koelnmesse has always placed its focus on the needs of its industries. The development of spoga+gafa into a globally relevant platform for added value and communication was and remains the strategic focus of this trade fair. Building upon this, Koelnmesse used the impacts of the very recent past and, together with the deliberative bodies involved, consulted about the future date for the largest garden lifestyle trade fair in the world.

On rescheduling spoga+gafa to the first half of the year, Koelnmesse COO Oliver Frese observed: “The aim of our conversations with the industry is to work together to give a strong trade fair a chance to gain even more strength and market relevance. The focus here is on the ordering behaviour seen in many parts of the industry, which has evolved over the years. To make this event even better the spoga+gafa 2021 will take place once at the end of May, and from 2022 on it will take place in mid or late June.” Further information will follow shortly.

Koelnmesse – Global Competence in Furniture, Interiors and Design: Koelnmesse is the world’s top trade fair organiser for the areas of furnishing, living and lifestyle. At the trade fair hub of Cologne, the leading international fair imm cologne as well as the trade fair formats of LivingKitchen, ORGATEC, spoga+gafa, interzum and Kind + Jugend rank among the internationally renowned and established industry meeting places. These fairs comprehensively represent the upholstered and case furniture segment, the kitchen industry, the office furniture sector and outdoor living as well as the innovations of the furniture supply industry. Over the last few years, Koelnmesse has specifically added international fairs in the most important fast- expanding markets to its portfolio. These include idd Shanghai, interzum bogotá in Bogotá, interzum guangzhou in Guangzhou and Pueri Expo in Sao Paulo. With ambista, the online portal for the interiors business, Koelnmesse offers direct access to products, contacts, expertise and events relevant to the industry all year round.

To know more, visit spoga+gafa or contact Ms. Riznha Mendoza of ECCP at


New Case Studies: Which floor covering for which application?


DOMOTEX, the world’s leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings, will run from 15 to 18 January 2021 in Hannover, Germany.

The new keynote theme for DOMOTEX 2021, COVER NEW GROUND, zeroes in on three dimensions that permeate the latest trends: Balanced Living. Sustainable Living. More than Floor.  It is intended to motivate people to go beyond previous strategies, visions and experiences in flooring design and application.

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LOPEC impulse: The new 365-day platform




With about 2,700 international participants, LOPEC is the leading exhibition and the most important conference for the printed electronics industry. With LOPEC impulse, the broad range of existing activities has now been complemented by virtual formats.
This is what you can expect on July 16: Integrated sensors for building technology, in smart floors and in shoe soles. Our experts will present application examples and give an outlook on future developments.
Curious? Then sign up now!
  The new, free online platform
  Digitally available all year round
  Content available on demand

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SurfaceTechnology GERMANY and p2c 2020 cancelled

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stg 2020 cancelled

SurfaceTechnology GERMANY and p2c announces cancellation of Stuttgart fairs on October 2020. The next date is 21st-23rd June 2022 for SurfaceTechnology GERMANY and 5th-7th October 2021 for p2c.

The media, as well as all exhibitors, visitors and companies interested in both fairs will be informed shortly. An FAQ section on the most pressing queries will be released on their website. 

In numerous discussions over the last few weeks the situation had become increasingly transparent: Due to the economic crisis, in which some companies are simply struggling to survive, other topics are prioritized at present over a trade fair participation. The question of health and infection protection also continues to be of central importance. Whether for business or private reasons – a large part of the population reduces travel activities and contacts to the bare essentials. Travelling, particularly on an international level, is difficult. Add to this hygiene concepts and political guidelines for trade fairs, which would have considerably clouded the traditional appearance of the event.

A visitor survey conducted last week was the final reason for the cancellation. According to this survey, 65% percent of the usual visitors to SurfaceTechnology GERMANY have already ruled out a visit or at least expressed doubts about a visit.

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Robotics and automation in the time of Corona

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Robots help to carry out corona tests and evaluate them in the laboratory as well as automate the production of medical and protective equipment. In addition, hundreds of thousands of urgently needed face masks are produced every day on automated assembly systems. A look at actual practice:

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Edge Computing or Cloud Computing: Partners instead of Rivals

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Virtual Sensor Show & Congress on July 22 & 23

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Sensor technology is the basis of digitization. Not only will be “The Sensor Show” at automatica for the first time in December with a sensor exhibition area and an accompanying congress, but our partner is also offering a virtual sensor summit with the Virtual Sensor Show & Congress on July 22 and 23! Best practices and exciting contacts are guaranteed! 

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Be part of the first IFAT impact Panel Discussion

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Environmental technologies in times of the coronavirus—and beyond

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What happens after the coronavirus era? Has the European Green Deal been undermined, or can the crisis even be used as an accelerator for an environmentally sustainable economy? Hot questions—substantial answers: join in when top-class experts from industry and politics hold the first IFAT impact Panel Discussion.

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Our participants  as convinced as inspiring. In addition to Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and Virginijus Sinkevièius , the European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, TV presenter Cherno Jobatey will welcome BDE President Peter Kurth and VKU’s Vice President Patrick Hasenkamp. In our short interviews, you will learn more about the positions that the two association presidents will take in the discussion.


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The big issues of our time are also the issues of IFAT: read our Industry Insights to find out about the innovative solutions and initiatives for climate protection, climate resilience and the circular economy. And get to know more about the European Green Deal as well as the risks and opportunities that arise from the coronavirus.

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