Where and when to watch every Gamescom 2017 stream in Australia
Your guide to catching all the live shows and esports tournaments from Europe's biggest video game convention.
Can't muster up the moolah to fly all the way to Germany for Gamescom this year? Don't worry about it; we'll be covering all the news and announcements from the show right here for you to drink in without leaving the comfort of home. Of course, to make the at-home Gamescom experience as authentic as possible, you'll want to tune into the various livestreams taking place throughout the weeklong event. To help you with that, we've rounded up all the details on when and where to watch every Gamescom stream live here in Australia.
Note: a few publishers have yet to announce their streaming plans, but we'll update this post if and when they do.
Xbox@ Gamescom Live
While Nintendo and Sony seem content with a quiet Gamescom this year, Microsoft plans on going in all-guns-blazing with a presentation focused on its upcoming console, the Xbox One X. Gamescom will mark the first time European players have been able to go hands-on with the high-powered console, and there'll be a hefty 27 games playable on the show floor.
Aussie gamers tuning in from home won't be left in the dark, though. Prior to Gamescom officially kicks off, Microsoft will be holding a live show dedicated to all things Xbox One X. Along with news and announcements regarding the console, hosts Graeme Boyd (Xbox's marketing manager) and Maxi Graeff (Xbox Germany's communications manager) will chat with the developers behind some of the biggest upcoming Xbox One games as well as show them off in action.
The live show begins at 5AM on Monday 21 August. You can watch the whole thing live on Xbox's Mixer channel.
Age of Empires @ Gamescom Live
Microsoft isn't neglecting its PC fans at Gamescom, either. Following on from the announcement of an Age of Empires remake at E3 2017, Microsoft will be ringing in Age of Empires' 20th anniversary with a livestream dedicated to the renowned strategy series. The stream will dig into the rich history behind the series, with some of the developers who worked on the games way back when making an appearance to share their memories. Microsoft will also be showing off Age of Empires: Definitive Edition for the first time, and the company is promising to share some exciting news on that front during the livestream, too.
The Age of Empires livestream will kick off at 5AM on Tuesday 22 August. Like the Xbox stream, you'll be able to watch it all on Mixer.
EA Live Show
After Microsoft, Electronic Arts is the next big player taking its Gamescom presence online. The publisher is promising to expand upon its EA Play showing at E3 with new gameplay footage from titles like Need for Speed Payback, Star Wars Battlefront II and FIFA 18, as well as live-streamed multiplayer matches of those games and more. Of course, EA is also teasing a few surprises during its live show - fingers crossed it's a sneak peek at Amy Hennig's Star Wars game.
EA's live show will start at 2:30AM on Tuesday 22 August, and you'll be able to stream it right from EA's website.
As it did with its Treehouse presentation at E3 this year, Nintendo is keeping things simple at Gamescom 2017. Super Mario Odyssey and Metroid: Samus Returns will take centre stage with their own livestreams featuring new gameplay footage as well as interviews with the developers behind the games. Additional livestreams will explore other previously-announced titles such as Xenoblade Chronicles X and Fire Emblem Warriors.
Nintendo's Super Mario Odyssey livestream will kick off at 11:00PM on Wednesday 23 August, while the Metroid: Samus Returns stream will begin at 8:00PM on Thursday 24 August. You can watch both on Nintendo's official YouTube channel.
Blizzard Reveal Ceremony
Unsurprisingly, Blizzard will be leaning hard into its much-loved multiplayer shooter Overwatch at Gamescom this year. The studio will be showing off a brand new map and a new animated short for the game during its Blizzard Reveal Ceremony, and Gamescom attendees will even get a chance to take the map for a test drive on the show floor. Overwatch won't hog all the spotlight, though, as Blizzard plans to drop new announcements for Hearthstone, World of Warcraft and StarCraft II during the convention.
Blizzard will offer a sneak peek at its Gamescom line-up through a preview video streaming on its YouTube channel at 2:00AM on Tuesday 22 August. At 2:00AM on Thursday 24 August, the Blizzard Reveal Ceremony will begin, with the whole thing live-streamed on Blizzard's Gamescom website.
Hearthstone Global Finals
Beginning back in April, the 2017 Hearthstone Global Games have whittled down the best Hearthstone players in the world to just four teams: Ukraine, Czech Republic, USA and South Korea. To determine which of the four deserves the lion's share of the US$332,000 prize pool, Gamescom will play host to the final phase of the tournament over two card-battling days.
For all you avid deck-builders out there, Blizzard will be streaming the Global Games live with fast and furious commentary from professional casters Simon 'Sottle' Welch, Alexander 'Raven' Baguley, Daniel Falcone and Daniel Gaskin.
Hearthstone's Twitch channel will stream the first day of Global Games action starting at 11PM on Friday 25 August, following that up with the second day's showdowns starting at midnight on Saturday 26 August.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Invitational
Riding high on its massive wave of success, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will be bringing its popular brand of dog-eat-dog survival to Gamescom for its first official invitational tournament. 80 of the world's best PUBG players will stalk, snipe and slaughter each other over the four days of the show in pursuit of the tastiest chicken dinner they've ever had: a prize pool of US$350,000.
All the Battle Royale action will be streaming live to the official PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds' Twitch, YouTube and Mixer channels from 24 August to 27 August. Each day's stream will kick off at the crisp time of 12AM, so you'll probably want to get a coffee brewing if you plan on staying up to watch the whole thing live.
Rainbow Six: Siege Pro League Season Two Finals
As part of its ongoing support for its tactical shooter Rainbow Six: Siege, Ubisoft has been working with the esports organisation ESL to run official Rainbow Six: Siege tournaments around the world. Dubbed the Rainbow Six Pro League, its second season began back in June and will conclude with a two-day Finals event at Gamescom.
Taking place at the Alpha Stage ESL Arena, the Pro League Finals will be streamed out to the official Rainbow Six Twitch and YouTube channels. Coverage will include previews of new Rainbow Six content and developer interviews in addition to the matches themselves. Semi-finals coverage will run from 5:45PM on 25 August to 4AM on 26 August, while finals coverage will go from 5:45PM on 26 August to 4AM on 27 August.
CrossFire European Finals
Developed by the South Korean studio SmileGate, CrossFire might not have the name recognition of a Call of Duty or Battlefield, but it's nevertheless one of the most-played first-person shooters in the world with over 8 million active players and 650 million registered users.
If you, like us, are a little surprised by these impressive numbers and want to see what all the fuss is about for yourself, SmileGate will be streaming the CFS European Finals live from Gamescom this year. The tournament will take place over the entirety of Thursday 24 August, and you can watch it all on the CrossFire Twitch channel.
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