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(Pocket-lint) - Gamescom is Europe's answer to E3.

Held annually in Germany until the pandemic pressed the pause button, it has previously been a huge event for gamers with the biggest forthcoming titles on display for press, trade visitors and the public alike.

Now it's coming back, with the 2022 show set to be the first to let visitors tread its halls once more. Here's everything you need to know about it.

What is Gamescom and when does it run until?

Gamescom started in 2009 and was held annually at the Koelnmesse convention centre in Cologne, Germany until the pandemic gripped the world. Because of which, it ran as a virtual-only event in 2020 and 2021.

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Now it is set to return, albeit with a digital presence too. Visitors will be invited back to Cologne, while there will be plenty of activity online for those who prefer to stay at home.

It will kick off on Wednesday 24 August and run until Sunday 28 August 2022.

Prior to Covid, the first day was set aside for press and trade visitors only, and we suspect this will be the case once more. The public will then be able to access the show from 25 August.

Games 2022 press conferences

While several companies traditionally held press conferences and showcases at former Gamescoms, they had dwindled even before the pandemic. We'll include any that we hear about here, but the biggest is likely to be Gamescom: Opening Night Live.

Hosted by The Game Awards' Geoff Keighley, the jam-packed, star-studded show ran as an online-only showcase over the last two years and has been confirmed for 2022 too.

Gamescom 2022: What we expect

Gamescom organisers have announced that around 250 companies have so far signed up to exhibit at the 2022 show. There will also be cosplay, indie and retro games zones, it has been confirmed.

It was previously revealed that the theme of the show this time is "Gamescom goes green". The organiser states that It is being "designed to be climate-neutral over the medium and long term through the reduction and avoidance of CO2 emissions and in the short term through carbon offset."

Attendees will also notice Covid-safety measures being put in place, such as wider aisles and limited ticket allotments. Considering the Gamescoms we've attended in the past and how crowded they have been on public days, it will be interesting to see how this can be maintained.

Writing by Rik Henderson.