Gamescom is a trade fair for video games and a heaven for video games lover, held annually at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, North Rhine Westphalia, Germany. It is used by many upcoming video game developers to show off their games and game related hardware. The world’s largest gaming event, with 3,45,000 visitors, more than 6,000 journalists and 700 exhibitors from 88 countries attending the show in its sixth year. But after, Germany getting hit by a string of mass violence recently, the effect of those tragedies got spilled over the gaming community.
The organizers of Gamescom, thought introducing tighter security measures as a mandatory step to avoid any tragedy during the world’s largest gaming trade show. Changes in security measures can definitely be noticed if you make it out to Cologne for the event. For this year’s expo they’ve banned not only weapon replicas, but “weapon-like items” like it or not, your Deadpool or Wolverine or Harley Quinn cosplay will have to go without armaments. Even exhibitors like EA Games or Microsoft Games will have to label any vaguely threatening props to avoid raising alarm bells.
Everyone is also requested to avoid bringing any unnecessary bags or rugsacks to the show. These security measures are not only for the safety of the guests, but Cologne residents who might not realize that you’re only depicting a Call of Duty soldier. With the new stricter safeguards it shows that the gaming industry is still trying to walk a fine line between its dependence on violent content and respect for the dangers and effects of real-world violence. “In the present days, the need for safety is a major issue for all parties involved,” said Gerald Böse, CEO of the Koelnmesse exhibition center where Gamescom is held. “It is our aim to meet this requirement by adapting the safety measures and at the same time limiting Gamescom in all its facets as little as possible. We hope for the understanding and support of all participants.” Organizers also state that the same security guidelines will apply to GDC Europe, which runs prior to the show in the same venue, the Koelnmesse.
Even though organizers urge people to leave their bags and rugsacks home, they will be allowed inside the event after a proper check-up, which means longer queues and longer waiting period to enter the event. Even after such strict measures, we expect 2016 Gamescom to be a great hit. Stay tuned for new launches during Gamescon and latest announcements.