gamescom is definitely a top notch event and a great experience for those attending. Of course, there is only so much you can see during the time you have available. How to make the most of it? We asked our visitors about their planning and routine and were given useful tips for anyone visiting:
1. Plan in advance
For reasons such as work or school, many visitors have a very limited timeframe for their visit at the Kölnmesse – usually a day or two. Therefore, it is important to set priorities for the booths you want to visit, check their locations when you’re still at home and head there immediately upon your arrival.
2. Arrive early
It is commonly known that gamescom is a huge event, attracting literally thousands of visitors every day of the fair. As a result, the queues to various products can get pretty long pretty fast. Coming early may secure you a good starting position and result in you getting to try out your target game before others, without having to wait too long.
A portable camp chair may definitely come in handy!
I really wanted to check out World of Warships, so I made the trip early in the morning. I managed to get in pretty fast and also had extra time to queue up for tanks!"
Matthias, 21, Cologne
3. Take a backpack with you
gamescom is not only about getting hot information about your favourite product or trying games out – it’s also about exclusive merchandise you can get only at the event! The vast majority of booths you visit will offer free stuff, such as posters, flash drives, mouse pads, and even a chance of winning much bigger prizes during stage activities! Of course, most booths will offer you nice bags along with your prizes, but walking around with four or five of those is not very convenient. Plus, if you like the bag, you can just fold it and put it in your backpack as well!
4. Take photos AFTER you have left the queue
Many visitors like to take photos with the hostesses and cosplayers, or simply to document interesting booth designs and stage activities. Just keep in mind, however, that it is much faster to get a photo with someone at the booth than it is to get a good spot in the queue. Therefore, if your primary goal at the stand is to test the game, go for that first and take memento pictures once you’re done.
5. Take water with you
Last but not least, make sure you always carry something to drink with you. Being a part of the crowd means it will take much more time than normal not only to play your desired game, but also to move between halls, to buy something to eat and drink, etc. It is very important to keep yourself hydrated, especially if it’s a hot August day.
Come prepared to next year’s gamescom and surf the queues like a pro!