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News: 2017’s Gamescom will be opened by German Chancellor Angela Merkel


E3 is barely over, but Gamescom is only a couple of months away, and has today announced that the show will be opened by Chancellor Angela Merkel. This is the first year the Chancellor has opened the show, having been in office since 2005, and Gamescom officials are pleased at the turn of events.

‘The participation of the Chancellor is a sign of great appreciation for us,’ said Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH, the company who organises Gamescom. “With her visit she honours the development of Gamescom into one of the most successful and largest events in the German trade fair system.’

Gamescom this year is taking place from August 22 to August 26. Last year it opened its doors to 345,000 visitors, which makes it the largest games event in the world, E3 be damned.

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