Why age wristbands? Because we take our responsibility for young people seriously. For this reason, together with the youth protection partner USK (Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle, Entertainment Software Self-Regulatory Authority), Koelnmesse and the exhibitors of gamescom ensure with the help of age wristbands that young visitors really only see what is actually intended for their eyes. The responsible authorities of the city of Cologne also carry out intensified checks of the observance of the Youth Protection Act on the fair grounds.
Please consider: parental discretion applicable at home does not apply in public – only those who can provide proof of the appropriate age may enter closed areas. USK checks all games before the trade fair and allocates an appropriate age rating depending on the type and the content of the game. The age wristbands have different colours for the respective age levels, so that the stand personnel can immediately determine whether a trade fair visitor may enter the respective stand area.
The colours of the age wristbands correspond to the familiar USK logos:
Up to 12 years = no wristband
As of 12 years = green
As of 16 years = blue
As of 18 years = red
These wristbands are issued in the entrance areas and in each exhibition hall on presentation of valid photo ID (e.g. ID card/passport, student ID, driving licence, health insurance card). So don't forget your identification!
The USK is happy to provide advice and contact people in advance and during the trade fair.