How to watch Gamescom Opening Night LIVE 2022 – start time and more

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Gamescom 2022 kicks off this week – bringing with it a host of new games and unveils. And it promises to be massive after Gamescom 2021 was digital-only.

Despite some big omissions – Nintendo, Activision and Sony are amongst those skipping it this year, there will be a ton of indie devs, as well as the likes of Xbox, Bethesda, Koch Media, HyperX, THQ Nordic and more.

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There are dedicated areas to satisfy every type of gamer – from a retro and indie area, to a cosplay village and entertainment area.

And for those who can’t make it, the entire show will be broadcast online – kicking off with Gamescom Opening Night Live on August 23. So there’s plenty to look forward to.

How to watch Gamescom Opening Night Live

Nearly six million people tuned in to watch Gamescom Opening Night Live last year – and we could see even more tuning in this year. This year, more than 30 games will showcased during the show – including Sonic Frontiers and Hogwarts Legacy.

Just like last year, you can watch Gamescom LIVE on Gamescom’s YouTube, and it’ll be streamed live across key channels, as IGN (the full list of IGN channels can be found here), Xbox and thegameawards.

The LIVE show kicks off at 7pm UK time – that’s 14:00 EST.

The show will be hosted by Geoff Keighley -who also confirmed there will be a new category in The Game Awards – ‘Best Adaptation’.

Following the live show, be sure to check out the excellent IGN post show stream, which will break down the action.

Gamescom 2022 dates – when does Gamescom start?

Gamescom Live kicks off the action on Tuesday 23 Aug 2022, before the Koelnmesse welcomes thousands of gaming fans, journalists and content creators from August 24 until Sun, 28 Aug 2022.

For those attending, the halls open from 9:00am and close at 7:00pm on Wednesday, while on Thursday and Friday the doors stay open till 8:00 p.m.

Gamescom 2022 confirmed games

There will be a number of games showcased this month – including Alone in the Dark, Goat Simulator 3, AEW Fight Forever and more.

NOW READ: Here are the games we want to see at Gamescom 2022

Here are some of the biggest ones we know about. We’ll be adding to this list as it comes through:

  • Alone in the Dark
  • Spongebob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake
  • AEW Fight Forever
  • Pentiment  
  • Age of Empires IV 
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator 
  • Sea of Thieves 
  • Grounded 
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem 
  • Disney Dreamlight Valley 
  • Gunfire Reborn 
  • Inkulinati 
  • Last Case of Benedict Fox 
  • Lies of P 
  • Lightyear Frontier 
  • Planet of Lana
  • You Suck at Parking 
  • FIFA 23
  • Madden 23
  • Goat Simulator
  • Sonic Frontiers
  • Hogwarts Legacy
  • Return to Monkey Island

Games we hope to see at Gamescom 2022

There are a number of big games we want to see this year – including the Callisto Protocol, Sonic Frontiers, Fable and news around Halo Infinite’s long-awaited Forge mode. You can get a full breakdown of our most-wanted titles right here

Gamescom tickets

You can buy everything from day and family tickets right here from the official Gamescom website.

Gamescom FAQ

How can I watch Gamescom this week?

Nearly 6m tuned in to watch Gamescom last year – and we could see even more tuning in this year.
If it’s anything like last year, which we expect it will be, you’ll likely be able to watch all the events live on Gamescom’s YouTube, and it’ll be streamed live across key channels, such as IGNXbox and thegameawards, the latter being hosted by Geoff Keighley.

What games are we expecting to see?

There will be a load of game news but as you’d expect, devs are keeping their lips sealed until the event kicks off.
We can almost certainly expect to see some big news from Xbox – perhaps it’s news around the upcoming Forge mode in Halo Infinite?
Elsewhere, with Saints Row launching the day before, we’ll likely see plenty of hands on on the show floor.
We’re hoping to see Some Elder Scrolls VI news, although this is unlikely.

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