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Dressing as online game characters (often known as cosplaying) is a long-established pattern

Toy weapons have been banned from the German video video games occasion Gamescom, following a sequence of assaults.

Historically the Cologne-based convention encourages folks to attend dressed as online game characters.

However ticket holders have now been advised that each one “imitation weapons or weapon-like objects” shall be confiscated.

Organiser Koelnmesse mentioned the crackdown was essential “to keep away from horrifying kids and households”.

Safety has been tightened “as a result of horrible incidents of the previous weeks,” the agency defined.

It additionally requested attendees to not carry luggage and rucksacks until “completely mandatory”.

The occasion, which this yr shall be open 18-21 August, historically lures greater than 300,000 online game fans, lots of which are available in cosplay – brief for costume play – the place they costume as their favorite online game characters.

Germany has been rocked by three assaults previously month.

On 19 July, a teenage Afghan refugee armed with an axe and knife injured four people on a train in Wuerzburg earlier than being shot lifeless by police.

Then on 22 July, a shooting at a Munich purchasing centre left 9 folks lifeless and 16 folks injured.

Three days later, a Syrian man detonated a bomb exterior a music competition in Ansbach, killing himself and wounding 12 different folks.

Within the wake of those assaults, Koelnmesse has requested followers to maintain cosplay swords and weapons away from town no matter materials or dimension.

“We might kindly prefer to ask you to chorus from sporting imitation weapons or weapon-like objects additionally within the metropolis in consideration for the inhabitants and guests to town of Cologne.”