Gamescom 2022: The Pitfalls of the Family Ticket (Update)

Fully adapted to families with children: the “Family & Friends” zone at Gamescom (photo: KoelnMesse / Hanne Engwald)

For a flat rate of € 40 or € 50 with family and relatives at Gamescom 2022? Good idea, but it’s worth checking the fine print for a family ticket.

August 12, 2022 update: If the family ticket doesn’t pay off because one of your kids is 12 or older, here’s our savings tip: KoelnMesse is currently selling Groupon Gamescom tickets for Thursday (August 25), Friday (August 26) and Sunday (28.8). ). You save 50 percent on both regular day tickets and discount tickets for pupils, students and trainees: instead of 25 euros, you pay only 12.50 euros.

Example: Two adults with two children aged 13 and 15 pay a total of only 53.50 euros instead of 107 euros on Gamescom Sunday – so the savings are huge.

Offer valid only while stocks last. Please note that Coupons in the Gamescom Online Store must be redeemed for regular cards. All visitors – including young people – must separately register and load tickets to the Gamescom app on their smartphones. This is the only way to access the site.

August 9, 2022 update: Due to current events: The age of the children on the day of their visit to Gamescom – not at the time of ordering – determines whether a family ticket is admissible.

If an 11-year-old is celebrating his 12th birthday two days before their scheduled Gamescom trip, they cannot enter the Gamescom website with a family ticket. In this example, he would need a separate “discounted day ticket” which also needs to be purchased in advance.

By the way, for a family ticket at least Taking a child from 7 to 11 years old – just in case you are wondering if two regular adult tickets can be replaced with a cheaper family ticket.

Message for August 2, 2022: “Valid for a maximum of five people, including a maximum of two adults and at least one child between the ages of seven and eleven”

These are the requirements for the so-called “Family Ticket” for Gamescom 2022 (August 24-28). The price is € 40 (Thursday or Friday) or € 50 (Saturday or Sunday). Compared to buying individually, this is a significant saving as adults pay at least 30.50 euros over the weekend.

This is the theory. Because, contrary to what the fine print suggests, in practice it is not enough if one accompanying children meet the lower and upper age limits. Because the family ticket is valid only for families with children from 7 to 11 years old. KoelnMesse confirmed this upon request.

Background: Over the past few days, several Gamescom visitors have reached out to editors who only started to suspect ambiguous phrases after purchasing a Family Ticket – and were stunned after KoelnMesse’s explanation.

Gamescom ticket price changes in 2015-2022 (there were no physical fairs in 2020 and 2021) - as of June 8, 2022
Gamescom ticket price changes in 2015-2022 (there were no physical fairs in 2020 and 2021) – as of June 8, 2022

Children 12 years and older require a “discounted day ticket” which is available for EUR 18 (Thursday or Friday) or EUR 23 (Saturday or Sunday). In this case, separate registration at Gamescom’s online ticket store is also required. Children from 4 to 6 years old can stay at the property free of charge.

Concrete calculation examples:

  • One adult + two children aged 8 and 10 = family ticket (€ 40 or € 50 – single purchase price: € 61 or € 76.50)
  • Two adults + one child aged 11 = family ticket (40 or 50 € – price for a single purchase: 68 € or 84 €)
  • One adult + two children aged 5 and 15 = no family ticket (Total price: 43 € or 53.50 €)
  • Two adults + two children aged 12 and 14 = no family ticket (Total price: 86 € or 107 €)
  • Two adults + two children aged 7 and 13 = family ticket plus discount ticket (€ 58 or € 73 – single purchase price: € 86 or € 107)

As with all Gamescom admission tickets, the same applies to the Family Ticket: Cards must obligatory be purchased online in advance – there will be no ticket office on site. Cards are personalized in the Gamescom application that must be installed on your smartphone. It follows: anyone who contrary to expectations must miss Gamescom cannot cancel, exchange, transfer or rewrite purchased tickets.

All information about the exhibitors, games, sponsorship program and hotels at Gamescom 2022 can be found on GamesWirtschaft.

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