While individuals continue to live their lives from the confines of their home while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to live on around the globe, organizers for the most anticipating shows for the gaming industry are currently deciding how the majority of these events will be properly dealt with if society continues to function as so in the latter of 2020. Annual events like QuakeCon has already been shelved for this year due to growing tensions of the ailment.
But when the discussion was brought up regarding the Cologne-hosted Gamescom, orchestrators told that the group is looking to potential digital formats for the event. While there is the possibility of perhaps adopting an online alternative for this year’s event, the idea was only in theory at the time. But now, the decision is finally becoming a reality.
In a new letterhead that was posted on the official Gamescom Twitter account, the August-slated show will now be relocating to the internet officially.
“It’s official: unfortunately, gamescom will under no circumstance take place on site in Cologne this year,” the image reads. “We are, however, alreadt working at full speed on a digital gamescom.”
Elsewhere, the same-named Open Night Live host Geoff Keighley announces in a separate post that the scheduled show for this year will also be taking place online alike the event itself. “Gamescom: Opening Night Live will now be an all digital show, streaming live on Monday, August 24.”
Regarding participants who have already went to reserve admission to the initially scheduled show in Cologne, Game does clarify that all paid tickets for this year’s Gamescom will be refunded in full. Koelnmesse, the venue for Gamescom, is said to arrange direct returns within the coming weeks.
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Gamescom is slated to arrive on August 25, 2020 and will close on August 29, 2020.