Everything you can expect from Gamescom 2022

Gamescom 2022 is set to kick off in August. Here's what you need to know about the upcoming event.
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Gamescom is one of the largest gaming and computer events in the entire world – and it’s finally set to return in person in August 2022. Organisers are working closely with Australian partners this year, which means there’ll be a sizeable representation of local developers, as well as a raft of international and well-renowned companies showing off their wares during the event.

Here’s everything you need to know about Gamescom 2022, including whether you can tune in from home.

When is Gamescom 2022?

Gamescom 2022 takes place from 23-28 August 2022 in Cologne, Germany.

The show will be a dual physical and digital event, with major conferences available for streaming. Events of the past have played host to a number of game announcements, including a release date for Halo Infinite and the reveal of Marvel’s Midnight Suns, so you’ll likely want to tune in.

If you are able to attend Gamescom 2022 in person, you can find out more about tickets here.

When is Gamescom 2022: Opening Night Live?

Every year, Gamescom kicks off with a major celebration of gaming, in the form of Opening Night Live. This showcase is where games are typically announced, thanks to long-standing host, Geoff Keighley.

Keighley will return this year, and will helm the show on Tuesday, 23 August 2022 at 11:00 pm AEST.

Gamescom 2022: Schedule, panels, air time

A range of publishers and developers are holding online and in-person showcases during the event. These take place throughout the week, with some companies like Xbox and IGN already announcing their plans.

You can view the confirmed panel schedule and air times here.

Read: Every major Gamescom showcase you should watch

Which companies are attending Gamescom 2022?

Over 500 companies have already registered for Gamescom 2022, including a number of heavy-hitters. Each of these exhibitors will have a spot on the Gamescom show floor, and could be involved in digital live streams.

Here are a few of the notable highlights:

  • Xbox
  • Ubisoft
  • Warner Bros. Games
  • 2K Games
  • Bandai Namco
  • Koch Media
  • SEGA Europe
  • Team17
  • THQ Nordic

Any number of games could put in an appearance, including Sonic Frontiers, Gotham Knights, Skull and Bones, NBA 2K23 or even Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. There could even be some very welcome surprises.

In terms of which companies are not attending, there will be two big absences in the form of Nintendo and PlayStation, both of which have formally announced they will not be present at the show.

What is Australia doing at Gamescom 2022?

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Australia has been named the official partner country of Gamescom 2022, which means local industry body IGEA has been working with the Gamescom team to organise the global event. It also means Australia will have a marquee tent on the show floor, with several Australian game developers attending to show off their latest projects.

While Australians will likely be unable to view this tent, it’s a great initiative that should help represent local developers on a global stage. The opportunity is available through IGEA, and is supported by a number of government trade bodies including Austrade, Screen Queensland, Creative Victoria, Screen Tasmania and Investment New South Wales.

Stay tuned to the event’s official website for the latest updates on the upcoming event.

Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.