GamesCom 2016 AAR / Lessons Learned

As you guys are likely aware, I attended GamesCom this year – It was my first time and I learned a lot. If you’re considering to attend GamesCom 2017 – or any other, similar, convention –  this may or may not help you:

  • Reserve a hotel room as soon as you know you are going. We waited a couple of weeks, and it was almost too late – we ended up split up into two hotels.
  • The bag checks in place were efficient and fast. You’ll want a decent sized bag or backpack.
  • Bring your own bottled water. Water at the convention has a 10-15x mark-up. Keep your 0.5-1L bottles; there are some water fountains you can fill them at (larger bottles may not fit).
  • I didn’t apply for a press-pass, feeling my channel was too small. I should have tried, as many of the people I would have liked to talk to were locked away in the exhibitors’ exclusive area. The convention organizers can always decline your request, in which case I would have lost nothing.
  • Don’t go expecting to play games. Many booths had insanely long queue times. Go to meet people.
  • If you are under 18, make sure whatever you are queueing for is actually cleared for your age range.
  • Bring business cards. Obviously not really relevant if you’re just a spectator.
  • Wear personalized shirts if there’s any chance someone there might recognize your channel or your steam handle, gamer tag, whatever.
  • Go in costume if you like being the center of attention. Twice so if you are a woman.

I’d like to go again next year, but I will almost certainly only do it if I can get accredited for a press pass.

About Nils

By day, Nils works as a project manager in the IT industry. By night, he explores strange new worlds, protects the downtrodden, and practices conquering the world. To follow his exploits you can subscribe to his YouTube channel, Have Joystick, Will Travel and follow him on Twitter.

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