After a rash of attacks throughout Germany last month, the organizers of Gamescom have adopted new security measures for the open-to-the-public event that will also apply to the co-located Game Developers Conference Europe. The two big changes from previous years are that attendees will not be permitted to have cosplay weapons, and they are asked to leave bags at home.
"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..."
Not only are cosplay weapons and any weapon-like elements on costumes prohibited at the show, but organizers have asked people not to wear them in the city at all, "in consideration for the inhabitants and visitors of the city of Cologne." While bags aren't banned outright, attendees are warned that bag checks will be carried out before they're allowed into the venue, so they should expect longer queuing times than in previous years.
Gamescom is set for August 17 to 21, and will be preceded by GDC Europe August 15 and 16.