Games industry breathes a sigh of relief: Gamescom will take place later next year

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Gamescom exhibitors rejoice - next year's show will return to a late August date.

The Cologne trade fair was forced to take place earlier this year due to the vacation period in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

It means the show starts just six weeks after E3, which has resulted in some businesses – including PlayStation – scaling back their presence.

Organiser Koelnmesse told MCV this week that next year the show will run later - August 17th to 21st - eight weeks after E3.

This year's dates for E3 and Gamescom have unfortunately led to a closer proximity in scheduling for both events than usual,” said Dr. Maximilian Schenk, MD of German trade body BIU.

This is a challenge for some exhibitors, having to prepare for both fairs. We have listened to their complaints.”

E3 2016 will take place June 14th to June 17th.