The Gamescom 2023 Party Guide | Pocket

Gamescom 2023, set to take place later this month, is gearing up to be the ultimate showcase of new and upcoming video games across all platforms. While the main event is sure to be filled with lights, sounds, and massive crowds, it’s often the smaller aftershow gatherings where the real work gets done…

As always, this year’s event in Cologne, Germany is divided into two distinct portions, each requiring its own application and entry ticket:

  • Devcom: Sunday August 20 to Tuesday August 2022.
  • Gamescom: Wednesday August 23 to Sunday August 27

Regardless of which show you’ll be attending (and especially if you’re attending both), our party guide is here to keep you updated on the latest opportunities to meet like-minded gamers and enjoy the generosity and goodwill of some of the biggest players in the industry.

And if they invite you to come by and enjoy a complimentary drink or snack… well, it would be impolite to refuse, wouldn’t it?

Be sure to check back frequently as we will be updating this story regularly leading up to the event. And if you would like to submit your event to be included on this page, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.

Have a great time!

The Steel Media Metaverse Mixer: Gamescom Edition

Presented by and in collaboration with Zebedee.

When: Wednesday August 23 2023. 18:00 to 22:00 CEST

Where: Hyatt Regency Cologne Hotel Kennedy-Ufer 2A 50679 Koln Germany

Of course, we have to kick off our list with our very own event. The Metaverse Mixer, presented by Steel Media, the creators of,,,, and numerous other important media brands, is your one-stop-shop to network with some of the finest individuals in the gaming industry. You’ll also have the chance to listen to (or maybe even participate in) carefully selected panel discussions and informal talks.

And while the title does feature the word “Metaverse” (which pairs quite nicely with “Mixer”), there will still be plenty of opportunities for attendees to discuss game development, publishing, live ops, AR, VR, ad tech, and more with their peers, colleagues, and potential new connections.

Join us for drinks starting at 6pm, settle in for the panel discussions at 6:30pm, and stick around for networking from 7:30pm to 10pm.

We hope to see you there!

Courage Cologne @ devcom Developer Night

When: Tuesday August 22 2023. 15:00 to 23:50pm CEST

Where: Bootshaus Auenweg 173 51063 Köln Germany

Courage Cologne has evolved from a Dutch games showcase into a regular “pop-up” event at major gaming conferences. If you attended Courage XL at the Games Developer Conference in San Francisco earlier this year (or even if you didn’t), you’ll definitely want to secure tickets for this year’s Courage Cologne at Gamescom.

It’s a unique gaming gathering where you can not only play one of the hundreds of indie games being showcased, but also have the opportunity to chat with the developers and learn more about their creations. And the best part? Each game you play earns you a drinks token.

Now that’s the kind of business transaction we can get behind.

This year, there are four time slots with 250 tickets available each hour. So make sure to grab yours while you still can.

Xsolla Game Night

When: Monday August 21 2023. 18:00 to 22:00 CEST

Where: Crystal Saal, 4th Floor, Koelnmesse inside devcom

Not ready to stop playing games just yet? Xsolla Game Night is the perfect opportunity to experience the latest and greatest tabletop games, from action-packed adventures to mind-bending puzzles. Whether you’re a casual gamer or a seasoned pro, there’s something for everyone at this event.

Challenge your friends or make new ones as you compete in thrilling multiplayer battles. Show off your skills and prove that you’re the ultimate gaming champion. And don’t forget to enjoy the lively atmosphere filled with laughter, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages.

This event is open to anyone holding a trade pass for Gamescom, a devcom pass, or professionals working in the video game industry. As it is a business networking event, guests must be 18 years of age or older.

Zebedee x adjoe IRL: Gamescom warmup

When: Tuesday August 22, 2023. 18:00 to 23:00 PM BST

Where: Wartesaal am Dom, Johannisstraße 11, Köln

There’s no better way to kick off Gamescom than with a relaxed mixer in the heart of Cologne, surrounded by some of the top companies and most fun people in the mobile gaming space.

There’s no set agenda or programming for this event, it’s simply an opportunity to unwind and have a good time before the madness of Gamescom begins the next day.

Enjoy a fun and relaxing start to your show with the excellent folks from Zebedee and adjoe.

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