Chancellor Angela Merkel to open Gamescom this year

Gamescom will be opened this year by Chancellor Angela Merkel, organizer Koelnmesse announced.

“We consider it a great honor and a sign of recognition that Dr. Angela Merkel is joining this year’s Gamescom opening tour,” said Felix Falk, managing director of the German Trade Association of Interactive Entertainment Software. “Dr. Merkel’s visit underlines the importance of the game industry as a cultural, digital and business location in Germany.”

Gamescom will kick off on August 22 this year and will be held in Cologne as usual. Last year there were about 345,000 visitors.

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