Following yesterday’s mention that a nationwide ban of large events from German authorities could affect planning for Gamescom 2020, the organizers of the event officially confirmed that this year it’ll take place only in digital form.
While gamers won’t be able to meet in person at the traditional Koelnmesse venue in Cologne, we hear that the organization is “working intensively on the expansion” of its digital offering and on “introducing additional modules.”
Koelnmesse GmbH managing director Oliver Frese accompanied the press release with a comment.
“As the organizer, this decision is as painful for us as for the half million gamescom fans who come to Cologne every year to celebrate games together. However, we are looking forward to the digital gamescom 2020.”
We also get a second comment from Felix Falk, managing director of game, which is the association of the German gaming industry.
“Even though we unfortunately will not be able to come together with the games community and industry on site in Cologne this year, we’ll still celebrate the latest games with each other digitally at the end of August. That is why we are working at full speed together with our partners on the further development of gamescom: Opening Night Live and gamescom now, and will be presenting new and exciting digital formats. Our goal is clear: this year, gamescom will once again be ‘The Heart of Gaming’ for millions of fans throughout the world.”
Tickets have been on sale online for a while, but they will be refunded for those who already made the purchase.
Of course, you can expect us to cover all the news coming out of Gamescom 2020 despite its digital form, while we wait to be back at the Koelnmesse in 2021.