Over 500 companies have registered to take part in this year’s Gamescom, the event’s organiser has announced.
In mid-May, Gamescom’s organisers claimed that around 250 companies had registered, but it now says that number has doubled, with “many more registrations” to follow in the lead-up to the event.
While this number obviously includes game publishers and developers, it does also take into account companies which have signed up for the event’s merchandise area.
According to the organisers, among the 500+ companies are the likes of:
Despite the number of companies involved, a number of major publishers have already confirmed that they won’t be attending this year’s Gamescom.
VGC understands that one reason there are some no-shows is that many publishers have simply stopped planning pre-release game demos since the pandemic, such as those made available at events like Gamescom, and thus would have little to show at a big public event.
Gamescome 2022 will launch with Gamescom Opening Night Live on August 23. It will then open for trade visitors, press and content creators on August 24, ahead of four days of public access for ticket holders.
On top of the main business and entertainment areas of the convention, Gamescom 2022 also promises “additional sections, including for cosplay, retro, and indie fans”.