Alongside announcing the event’s theme, Gamescom has released a list of partners that will share content throughout the event.
Yesterday, Gamescom announced an extensive list of developers and publishers who will act as Gamescom partners at the upcoming showcase. Set to take place digitally between the 25th and 27th of August, the partner list features some of the industry’s top international companies.
These partners will appear on the Gamescom Content Hub, in Gamescom shows and in productions by media and research partners.
The complete list of partners so far is as follows:
- 505 Games
- Assemble Entertainment
- astragon Entertainment
- BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
- Bethesda Softworks
- Electronic Arts
- GAMEVIL COM2US Europe
- Indie Arena Booth
- Koch Media
- NExT Studios (Tencent Games)
- SEGA Europe
- Thunderful Games
At the Indie Arena Booth Online, 80 curated indie titles will be showcased and accompany the above companies. Additionally, 40 indie games will be presented in the Arcade Village, which is part of the Indie Arena Booth.
Gamescom also announced that the event’s theme would be ‘Games: The New Normal’ and has stated that “there will be a focus on the huge potential of games for society”. Within this, Gamescom plans to explore trends such as “more games for less money” and “live streaming”.
Oliver Frese, the Chief Operating Officer at Koelnmesse, stated:
Especially in view of the challenges for game production during the Corona pandemic and the much shorter preparation times of a digital event, we’re very delighted about the very impressive list of Gamescom partners who are already confirmed. With this, the purely digital Gamescom with its shows and innovations underlines its great value for the industry and the worldwide gaming community. Together with already confirmed and continuously joining partners, we will continue to bring an exciting and eventful program to millions of gaming fans worldwide in 2021. I am already looking forward to celebrating the start of Gamescom 2021 and the many premieres of Gamescom: Opening Night Live with the entire community on August 25.
Similarly, Felix Falik, the Managing Director of Game at The German Games Industry Association, added:
The entire Gamescom team has been working hard for months to make Gamescom 2021 one of the best digital events of the year - with more reach, exciting games and, among other things, a completely new central hub Gamescom now. Games can show once again, especially in these times, that they represent fantastic entertainment, social cohesion and innovation across all sectors.
Originally announced as a hybrid show, Gamescom 2021 will now be entirely digital, making it accessible to anyone interested in this year’s line-up.