Gamescom ten percent more companies have registered for the 2023 event than at this time last year.
That’s according to organizers Koelnmesse and The German Games Industry Association, who said in a statement that more companies have registered for the event than in 2022 during its “early bird phase”.
Gamescom’s Early Bird offer allows exhibitors to sign up for a booth at a discounted price.
While companies can still sign up for the expo event, the world’s largest consumer gaming expo, the Early Bird phase encourages publishers and developers to commit early.
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Gamescom has yet to announce which companies will be participating, but the first exhibitors will be announced “later.” However, Koelnmesse CEO Oliver Frese insisted that the big company will return to the 2023 show.
“Last year we made a really strong, hybrid Gamescom comeback together with all the partners and exhibitors. This achievement has been noticed in the industry and beyond, which was evident from the strong interest in the early stages,” he said.
“Without giving too much away, I promise the community can expect one or two major companies that weren’t there last year.”
Last year’s Gamescom – the first in several years due to the pandemic – saw publishers like this Microsoft, 2KWarner Games, Segaand Ubisoft participate
Nintendo did not participate in the event, Instead, the focus is on providing opportunities for consumers to “try games Nintendo Switch at numerous events around Germany.”
Sony also surpassed last year’s event. The Game drive Maker last appeared at Gamescom in 2019, the previous incarnation before the pandemic.
2023’s other big consumer games, E3, will be held in June. So far, Ubisoft is the only major publisher committed to the program.
However, last week, the show’s new organizer ReedPop claimed that unnamed “AAA companies, in addition to indie darlings and tech and device companies” have committed to “returning” to the LA Convention Center.
Gamescom 2023 will be held from August 22 to 27. Last year’s show featured an Opening Night Live showcase hosted by Geoff Keighleyas well as events such as the Future Games Show.