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 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 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.

Click here to see a list of Major Nelson Promotions Official Rules


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.