Gamescom still set to go ahead for now

Gamescom still set to go ahead for now

The organisers of Cologne video games trade show Gamescom have said that they are still hoping the event will take place in August.

In an update on Twitter (below), the organisers said that it is taking the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak seriously, but was confident that Gamescom would still take place later this year. The city of Cologne banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people on March 10th, a measure that is in effect until April 10th.

Gamescom's organisers point out that the show isn't affected by this restriction, though of course this could be extended depending on how the outbreak continues to fare.

Gamescom is currently set to take place between August 25th and August 29th.

The coronavirus outbreak has already resulted in GDC, E3, Minecraft Festival and Eve Fanfest, among others, being cancelled, while both Rezzed and Reboot Develop Blue have been postponed until later in the year. It's also caused the BAFTA Game Awards to become an online-only event

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