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What is Gamescom?

A giant gaming event is coming just around the corner.

Aug 16, 2019

By: Max Cannon

While E3 is the biggest event in video games, that doesn't mean there aren't some other trade shows that bring big news and exciting reveals. Summer kicks off with E3 in June but as "back-to-school" looms over the horizon we've got Gamescom in August (20th - 24th) and this year seems like it could be especially interesting. 

Germany's Own E3

Gamescom takes place in Cologne, Germany which already sets it apart from the LA-based event we all know and love. While each E3 garners millions of viewers checking in on the latest announcements, Gamescom's relevance fluctuates from year-to-year. While the big boys would show up to the event -- Microsoft, Sony, Electronic Art, etc -- their announcements were smaller.  The show first kicked off in 2009 which was a good way into the PS3, 360, and Wii era, and the substantial reveals were things like a smaller PS3 or Fable III's release date. While one E3 show could have dozens of announcements, smaller years at Gamescom would give us one or two bits of exciting information.

A look at 2011's Gamescom show, it's come a long way since then!A look at 2011's Gamescom show, it's come a long way since then!

Since that first show, the press events have been all over the place but it obviously can't escape the shadow of E3. While a single exciting demo for Uncharted 3  may impress fans and gaming journalists alike, it can't hold a candle to the barrage of reveals we expect from E3. However, this coming year is poised to really surprise people with a handful of big names and exciting games planned to turn up. 

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Gamescom 2019

The hype has been generating for this year's Gamescom because of key players like Hideo Kojima, Sony, and Geoff Keighley, who is probably best known for running The Game Awards. There's still a lot of mystery around the event but we're confirmed to see Google Stadia, Xbox, and then Geoff Keighley's big show which will likely give some details on the latest PlayStation exclusive Death Stranding.

In fact, there's a chance that we see several surprises as Keighley's live show, which kicks off Monday, August 19th. Electronic Arts is planning to make an appearance, which coincides pretty well with a pair of leaked games from the massive publisher. So there's a pretty reasonable chance that we see Need for Speed: Heat and the latest Plants Vs. Zombies game during the live stream.

You may recognize Geoff Keighley as the man behind The Game Awards.You may recognize Geoff Keighley as the man behind The Game Awards.

However, not much more in confirmed beyond that, which leaves Gamescom with an air of mystery. Will this be another year with some average-sized announcements or will we see some surprising games that are just behind the curtain? We'll have to wait until next week to find out for sure, but you can bet that Kidzworld will have you covered on the latest and greatest gaming news to come out of Germany's giant gaming event.

Share Your Thoughts!

Are you looking forward to this year's Gamescom? Have you ever watched the event before or are you sticking with E3? Share your thoughts below and leave a comment!