Gamescom Not Cancelled! Hosted 'At Least In a Digital Format'


Gamescom is one of the largest video game conferences in the world and as of today, has not announced a cancelation due to the recent covid-19 outbreak, unlike E3 who announced its cancellation just about a week ago.

The companies that host the show, Koelnmesse and the German Games Industry Association, otherwise known as Game, jointly posted a statement Tuesday to let consumers and developers alike know that Gamescom will take place in some form this year.
"Millions of fans worldwide are excited about Gamescom 2020," Game Managing Director Felix Falk said in a statement. "That is why we are determined to celebrate the latest news, announcements and world premieres together with the community again this year at the end of August. In view of the corona crisis, we are now expanding all digital formats at full speed so that gamescom 2020 can at least take place digitally in any case."
Fans can expect Opening Night Live and the Gamescom Now Portal to return for the event as the event organizers determine how to tackle its digital presence. Gamescom will take place from August 25 to August 29 and the Devcom Developer Conference still set for August 22 through August 24.
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The final decision will be made mid-May and will determine if a in-person conference will happen at all. In a statement Gamescom said:
"If an on-site event is possible, there will also be more information at that state with regard to which changes need to be made in order to fully ensure the health of all visitors," the statement reads. "This has been arranged with the largest exhibitors, therefore all gamescom plans are continuing at full speed."
The Organizers will ensure that any visitors and exhibitors will receive full refunds if the event goes fully digital.

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Theme parks, movie productions, and many of the largest game conferences in the world have been shut down due to the covid-19 outbreak. Whether of not Gamescom will go fully digital this year is still up in the air and we are not sure if it will continue along the same path as many other conferences this year. For more information about covid-19 please refer to the CDC website for accurate information

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