Gamescom goes digital for 2020

Gamescom goes digital for 2020

Cologne video games trade fair Gamescom has announced that the show will be digital this year.

The firm revealed that between August 27th and 30th, the event will be taking place online. The Gamescom Now broadcast will be where companies can show off their games, news and world premieres, as well as events. Geoff Keighley's Opening Night Live is also returning on August 27th following its debut in 2019.

This follows both Gamescom and Devcom being pulled after Germany place a blanket ban on major events until August in April of this year.

“This year, all our energies for Gamescom 2020 is going into digital," said the MD of German video games trade body Game Felix Falk.

"In a short amount of time and working in close tandem with some of the world’s most important gaming companies on the Gamescom advisory board, we have been able to develop a powerful and focused concept for Gamescom 2020. We are anticipating surprising shows, numerous world premieres, announcements and special promotions that will set the entire games world all abuzz about Gamescom at the end of August."

The MD of the show's Koelnmesse venue Oliver Frese added: "Although Gamescom will unfortunately not take place in Cologne this year, it will be impossible to miss it on the internet. Our digital concept is showing the way forward in the event landscape and many of the innovations will become an integral part of Gamescom in the years to come. And even if all the elements of Gamescom cannot be transferred to the digital world, one thing is already certain: Gamescom formats in a class of their own and official Gamescom partners with their own events allow us to offer players in the games industry a multitude of opportunities to share their games, announcements and news with millions of gamers worldwide.”

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