Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor in Chief, posted some news about what Xbox has planned at gamescom this weekend. Details below:

gamescom is just around the corner and we can’t wait to kick the week off with Xbox @ gamescom Live this Sunday.

Don’t forget to tune in Sunday at 9:00pm CEST / 8:00pm BST / 12:00pm PDT so that you can be the first to hear the latest news on highly anticipated games coming to the Xbox family and Windows 10. We’ll have world premiere trailers and, of course, more about the most powerful console ever made, Xbox One X.

What’s more, you can sign in to your Microsoft account at Mixer.com and you’ll be in with a chance of winning lots of great prizes and be able to ask questions to the teams behind your favorite games. We’re excited to show you what we’ve been up to since E3, so be sure to tune in!

Here’s more info on Xbox @ gamescom Live and our other gamescom activities this weekend and into next week.

Xbox @ gamescom Live – Sunday, August 20 at 9:00pm CEST / 12:00pm PDT

This year’s show will be hosted by Graeme Boyd (aka @AceyBongos), Xbox Germany’s Maxi Graeff (@GMaxee), and Julia Hardy (@itsJuliaHardy). They’ll have news to share, games to show off, will sit down to talk with developers from fan favorite studios and play some of the year’s hottest games yet to be released. The stream will be hosted on Mixer.com and via the Mixer app. We’ll have three URLs for the show, the countdown for which begins one hour before the livestream begins.

Age of Empires @ gamescom Live – Monday, August 21 at 9:00pm CEST / 12:00pm PDT

On Monday, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Age of Empires franchise with a special livestream event in Cologne, alongside some of our biggest fans. The livestream will celebrate the rich history of the beloved PC game series, as well as give fans a first-look at Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, the beautifully remastered edition of the classic strategy game. We’ll be talking all things Age of Empires with some of the legendary developers who worked on the games as well as sharing some exciting news that you won’t want to miss – watch on the Age of Empires channel on www.mixer.com/AgeofEmpires or through the Mixer app.

Xbox Booth @ gamescom

Gamers in Germany will be able to get hands on Xbox One X for the first time at the Xbox booth when gamescom officially opens at the Koelnmesse on Tuesday, August 22. We’re back in Hall 8 of the Koelnmesse, North entrance, this year and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to play a wide collection of the games coming to Xbox over the next 12 months. See below for the show opening times:

  • Tuesday, August 22 – 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. CEST (press/trade only day)
  • Wednesday, August 23 – 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Thursday, August 24 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Friday, August 25 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Saturday, August 26 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST

Finally, for our fans in Germany, we’ve got another surprise. Today, we launched the German versions of Xbox Wire. Joining Xbox Wire en Espanol, which launched at E3, the site will be bringing our news daily to our biggest German fans in their native languages. Check in often for global and local news and features.

Throughout the week, we’ll be tweeting, live streaming and sharing news and content via social media – twitter, snapchat, Facebook, Mixer, etc, most often using the hashtag #XboxGC. Whether in person or online, you won’t want to miss what we have in store this year!

Xbox FanFest will give 300 lucky fans a one-of-a-kind experience at gamescom, the world’s largest video game consumer show. The Xbox FanFest gamescom Ticket will include:

*Exclusive access to Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s “Middle-Earth: Shadow of War – Legendary War Party” event on Tuesday evening, August 22nd.

*Exclusive access to “Xbox FanFest FanCave” experience on Wednesday night, August 23rd.

*Special access to games in the Xbox booth during gamescom’s Consumer Days, Wednesday – Saturday.

*Meet and greet some of the industry’s top developers, leaders and influencers.

*Other surprises.

Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017 – FAQ

How can I get an Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017 ticket?

Most of the 300 tickets will be distributed via a random drawing this year. Fans will need to submit their names and email addresses via the online tool below. Once the tool closes, names will be randomly pulled and winners will be notified by email on Friday, August 11th. Winners will have 48 hours to fill out their registration page and receive their official e-ticket or their slot will be given to another randomly chosen winner. All winners must be 18 years old and older. IDs will be verified at check-in at gamescom.

How long is the random drawing open?

The tool will be open starting today, Monday, August 7th until Thursday, August 10th at 12:00pm PT; 21:00 CET.

Is there an age-minimum to attend Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017?

Yes, every ticket-holder must be 18 years of age and older. We will require a valid, government-issued, picture ID (driver’s license, passport) as part of check-in.  Microsoft reserves the right to turn away any person not 18 years old or older at time of check-in, even if the person is holding a valid ticket.

How many Xbox FanFest tickets can I get?

One ticket; one person – tickets are non-transferable and cannot be resold.

Microsoft reserves the right to cancel, change or suspend this promotion at any time, and may rescind any ticket or gift awarded due to cheating, technology failure, or any other unforeseen issue that compromises the integrity of the promotion.

If I’m traveling to Cologne, are there hotel accommodations?

It’s up to the individual to pay for their own travel and hotel accommodations.

What if I can only spend a couple of days in Cologne; can you tell me now what the other surprises are for the rest of the week?

FanFest activities are only on Tuesday, August 22nd and Wednesday, August 23rd.

Will the FanFest attendees get tickets to gamescom this year as has happened in the past?

Xbox FanFest will not provide gamescom tickets to either the Industry Day (Tuesday) or Consumer Days (Wednesday – Saturday).


Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017 Ticket Giveaway

Winners will be contacted via email after the drawing closes. To enter, provide:

  • First and last name
  • Email address to contact you (make sure it’s correct)
  • Date of Birth
  • Xbox Live Gamertag
Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017

Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017

Auch in diesem Jahr findet im Rahmen der gamescom das große Xbox FanFest statt. Mit dem FanFest-Ticket erhalten Fans Zugang zu exklusiven Veranstaltungen, spielen die neuesten Xbox Games auf  Xbox One X und treffen Top-Entwickler und das Xbox-Team vor Ort.

Das erwartet Dich auf dem FanFest

Mit dem FanFest-Ticket wird eine Vielzahl verschiedener exklusiver Aktivitäten angeboten:

  • Dienstagnachmittag, 22. August: Exklusiver Zutritt zur Middle-Earth: Shadow of War – Legendary War Party von Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Mittwochabend, 23. August: Exklusiver Zutritt zum Xbox FanFest Fan-Cave-Erlebnis am
  • Mittwoch bis Samstag, 22. August bis 26. August: Exklusiver Zugang zu Spielen am Xbox-Stand.
  • Meet and Greet mit einigen Top-Entwicklern, Influencern und dem Xbox-Team
  • Weitere tolle Überraschungen

So sicherst Du Dir das FanFest-Ticket

In diesem Jahr werden 300 Tickets per Zufall ausgelost. Registriere Dich für eine Teilnahme mit Namen und Email-Adresse über das untenstehende Online-Tool auf www.majornelson.com. Am Freitag, den 11. August, erfährst Du, ob Du gewonnen hast. Schließe innerhalb von 48 Stunden nach Benachrichtigung Deine Registrierung ab und sichere Dir das heißbegehrte FanFest-Ticket. Verstreicht die Zeit, wird der Slot einem anderen zufälligen Gewinner zugeteilt.

Alle Gewinner müssen 18 Jahre oder älter sein. Verifiziert wird das Alter vor Ort beim Check-In über eine gültige ID (Personalausweis, Führerschein oder Reisepass). Für jede Person ist ein Ticket vorgesehen – Tickets sind nicht übertragbar oder wiederverkäuflich.

Die Anmeldung zum FanFest ist ab sofort auf www.majornelson.com verfügbar. Eine Anmeldung ist bis zum 10. August um 22:00 Uhr möglich.

Wichtig: Das Fanfest-Ticket erlaubt Dir keinen Zugang zur gamescom, weder am Fachbesuchertag (Dienstag), noch an den Privatbesuchertagen (Mittwoch bis Samstag). Alle Fanfest-Aktionen finden am Dienstag und Mittwoch statt.


*No Purchase Necessary. Open only to persons 18 years of age or older who are attending gamescom 2017. Giveaway ends 8/10/17. For full details, see Official Rules.

Here at Xbox, we’re still buzzing from our fans’ reaction to our news at E3 – from the unveiling of the Xbox One X to the 42 games shown on our stage. But we’re only just getting started.  Today, we’re pleased to announce that in August we’re coming to Cologne, Germany for gamescom 2017. This will be the first time Xbox One X will be on the ground in Europe and we’ll have a huge line up of 27 playable games for the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PC from developers around the world, including Forza Motorsport 7, Age of Empires Definitive Edition and Sea of Thieves.

Here’s a rundown of what we’ll be up to throughout the week:

Xbox @ gamescom Live

Tune in on Sunday, August 20, at 9:00pm CEST, 12:00pm PDT to a special Xbox @ gamescom live show to get latest news and announcements on Xbox One X.

The show will be hosted by Graeme Boyd (aka @AceyBongos) and Xbox Germany’s Maxi Graeff (@GMaxee). They’ll have news to share, games to show off, will sit down to talk with developers from fan favorite studios and play some of the year’s hottest games yet to be released. There will even be a few surprises and giveaways along the way, so be sure to tune in on mixer.com or watch via the mixer app.

Age of Empires @ gamescom Live

On Monday, August 21, starting at 9:00pm CEST, 12:00pm PDT, Microsoft will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Age of Empires franchise with a special livestream event in Cologne, alongside some of our biggest fans. The livestream will celebrate the rich history of the beloved PC game series, as well as give fans a first-look at Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, the beautifully remastered edition of this bona fide classic we announced at E3 last month.  We’ll be talking all things Age of Empires with some of the legendary developers who worked on the games as well as sharing some exciting news that fans will not want to miss – watch on mixer.com or through the mixer app.

We’ll share more details on how you can attend in person very soon.

Xbox FanFest @ gamescom

We will again be hosting an Xbox FanFest experience for our fans who are attending gamescom 2017. FanFest will begin on Tuesday, August 22nd.  We will be sharing more details on our plans soon and look forward to seeing you there!

Xbox Booth @ gamescom

When gamescom officially opens at the Koelnmesse on Tuesday, August 22, gamers in Germany will be able to get hands on Xbox One X for the first time at the Xbox booth. We’re back in Hall 8 of the Koelnmesse, North entrance, this year and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to play a wide collection of the games coming to Xbox over the next 12 months. See below for the show opening times:

  • Tuesday, August 22 – 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. CEST (press/trade only day)
  • Wednesday, August 23 – 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Thursday, August 24 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Friday, August 25 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Saturday, August 26 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST

And throughout the week, we’ll be tweeting, live streaming and sharing news and content via social media – Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, Mixer, etc, most often using the hashtag #XboxGC. Whether in person or online, you won’t want to miss what we have in store this year!

For more information and coverage about Xbox @ gamescom 2017 – check out Xbox Wire.

We’ve been humbled by your interest in and passion for Xbox FanFest, and to thank you for your tremendous support, the team found a way to squeeze in one, final FanFest ticket giveaway. Through a random drawing starting now and ending tomorrow morning, a small number of eligible fans will win one, non-transferrable FanFest ticket each. All entries must be submitted by Friday, June 2, at 10:00 a.m. PT. Winners will be contacted after the drawing closes. To enter, provide:

  • First and last name
  • Email address to contact you (make sure it’s correct)
  • Date of Birth
  • Xbox Live Gamertag

We are accepting entries for the random drawing now (see Gamertag question below). VERY IMPORTANT – please read eligibility rules below.

Last-Chance Xbox FanFest Tickets

To be eligible for these tickets (please read carefully):

  • You cannot be a current Xbox FanFest ticket registrant; new winners only.
  • Any person who participated in previous FanFest ticket giveaways is not automatically entered. This is a brand-new opportunity, and to participate you must enter this drawing.
  • If your entry is selected, you have 72 hours from the time we send the notification email to claim your ticket. If you do not respond within that allotted time, we will move to the next eligible winner.
  • Each registrant must be 21+ years old. Persons under 21 years old will not be allowed to enter Xbox FanFest, even if they are holding a ticket and arrive on-site at FanFest; no exceptions.
  • Each registrant must have an account on Xbox Live and an Xbox Live Gamertag. Getting an account on Xbox Live is free. An Xbox Live Gold membership is not required to participate in Xbox FanFest. Sign up for an Xbox Live account here.
  • If your entry is selected, you will be asked to provide a credit card to hold your ticket. There is no charge to reserve an Xbox FanFest ticket, but cancellation/no-show fees will be in effect starting on Monday, June 5, 2017. One-ticket per entry.
  • We will require a valid, government-issued, picture ID (driver’s license, passport), at Xbox FanFest on-site check-in that matches the name on the registration and the ticket.
  • One ticket; one person – tickets are no longer transferable and cannot be resold.

Microsoft reserves the right to cancel, change or suspend this promotion at any time, and may rescind any gift awarded due to cheating, technology failure, or any other unforeseen issue that compromises the integrity of the promotion.

Other Details

  • It’s up to the individual to pay for their own travel and hotel accommodations to the LA area.
  • Check-in for Xbox FanFest registrants will be between 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT on Sunday, June 11 in downtown LA. The check-in location will be revealed when all recipients receive their FanFest ticket next week. This check-in time is critical because Xbox will transport all FanFest fans to the Xbox Briefing later that afternoon by shuttles.

At the end of the Xbox Briefing, fans will be transported by shuttles to the Xbox community event, which goes from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PT.


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Xbox will give 200 lucky fans a one-of-a-kind experience at gamescom, the world’s largest video game consumer show. The Xbox gamescom FanFest Ticket will include:

  • An exclusive “Xbox FanFest Showcase” on Thursday Night, August 18, from 20:00 – 23:00 CEST at the Xbox Booth, Hall 8.  Experience all the games and cool surprises in the Xbox booth after the crowds have gone for the night.
  • Special Xbox day-time activity on Wednesday August 17.
  • Meet and greet some of the industry’s top developers, leaders and influencers.
  • Swag bag full of Xbox-gaming content

How can I get my Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2016 ticket?

The majority of tickets will be first-come, first-serve, one per-person, and be distributed Wednesday morning, August 17 in Cologne, Germany.  We will announce the location on Wednesday morning, August 17. Be sure to follow Xbox on Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat to find out the secret location.

When will Xbox make the announcement to line up and get an Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2016 ticket?

Lineup location will be announced at 10:00 CEST, Wednesday morning, August 17.   Xbox FanFest tickets will be distributed in-person immediately after we reveal the location, in Cologne, Germany.  Be sure to follow Xbox on Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat to find out the secret location.

Is there an age-minimum to attend Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2016?

Yes, every ticket-holder has to be over 18 years of age. Parents with children under the age of 18 will not be allowed. We will require a valid, government-issued, picture ID (driver’s license, passport) as part of registration.

How many Xbox FanFest tickets can I get?

One ticket; one person – tickets are non-transferable and cannot be resold.

If I’m traveling to Cologne, are there hotel accommodations?

It’s up to the individual to pay for their own travel and hotel accommodations.

What if I can only spend a couple of days in Cologne; can you tell me now what the other surprises are for the rest of the week?

FanFest activities are only on Wednesday August 17th and Thursday, August 18th.

Will the 200 fans get tickets to attend the Consumer Days at gamescom (Thursday – Sunday)?

Xbox will not provide tickets to those days.