gamescom 2016 – The Very Handy Guide to Visiting Booths
gamescom 2016 is approaching rapidly, so the time is nigh to finish up your preparations! However, keep in mind that planning your trip, booking the hotel and getting tickets are not the only things that need your attention. In fact, it would be wise to already prepare yourself for when you finally reach the Koelnmesse’s grounds.
Remember that gamescom is one of the biggest gaming events, with thousands of visitors arriving every day. As a result, it may be difficult for you to navigate within the crowd and see everything you want to see. Therefore, we have prepared this short and handy, definitive guide to help you out in making your visit as pleasant and efficient as possible:
1. Plan in advance
For reasons such as work or school, many visitors have a very limited timeframe for their visit at the Koelnmesse – 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
As aforementioned, gamescom is a huge event, attracting literally thousands of visitors every day of the event. As a result, the queues for 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 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.
4. Be mindful of your surroundings
As expected, there will be huge crowds at every booth. In such conditions, it is very easy to get disoriented and lost in the sea of people. Therefore, take a map of the halls when entering, and make a mental note of the signs in the halls – in the event you get lost, you can consult the hall numbers with your map and get back on track in no time.
5. Be mindful of your fellow visitors
Being a part of the crowd paradoxically means that sometimes you can lose awareness of your immediate surroundings. In such a case, any sudden movement may result in bumping into someone, knocking down things or sometimes even hitting yourself against a part of the booth or somebody else for that matter. Therefore, please be aware of the fact that there are people around you and try to be considerate, especially when under the stage, where the crowd is thickest and emotions the most heated.
6. Take water with you
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.
7. Our younger audience will need to get special wristbands
Wargaming games have a USK rating of 12 years and above, so any child must wear the corresponding wristband in order to enjoy the vast array of our games. Unfortunately any child without the appropriate wristband will be be turned away (even if an adult takes responsibility for him/her). Don't be left disappointed! For more information, you can consult the USK website.
8. Security Precautions
The following security precautions will be present at gamescom:
- A police presence (both visible and undercover) at the venue
- Sniffer dogs
- Control fences around the site
Control of visitors, bags etc.
The control of bags and people is at the discretion of the German authorities. They can check someone completely if they deem it necessary and have full authority to confiscate any bags. Before the entrances, there will be security searches, including the searching of both visitors and any bags. We strongly encourage that you leave bags, rucksacks and all unnecessary items for your visit to gamescom at home to keep the waiting times down to a minimum. Vehicles entering the arena (as well as the back of the arena, parking lots and delivery areas) will be under strict control.
- Visitors will not be allowed to bring objects which could be misconstrued as weapons, including weapon-like cosplay items.
- Exhibiting companies, who are planning so-called walking acts and campaigns, which involve imitation weapons or weapon-like items being worn or carried, will be permitted to bring them, but will have to register these in advance with the organisers.
If you're looking to follow all the latest goings-on via social media, don't forget to use the hashtags #PlayYourWay and #WargamingGC16. As usual, all of our social media platforms are going to be lighting up all throughout the five days, so you can keep up to date by checking our official Facebook page too!
Don't forget to keep an eye out on our dedicated gamescom page to find out all the new happenings!
Come prepared and surf the queues like a pro!