Gamescom 2020 “will definitely take place at least in a digital format from August 25 to 29,” organizers Koelnmesse and Game – The German Games Industry Association jointly announced. The same goes for Devcom 2020, which runs from August 22 to 24.
Organizers will determine in mid-May whether Gamescom 2020 can also take place on-site in Cologne based on the latest developments of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic at the time in accordance with state authorities. If an on-site event is possible, information regarding what changes will need to be made in order to protect the health of all visitors will be announced. Currently, Gamescom 2020 plans are continuing “at full speed.”
If Gamescom 2020 or Devcom 2020 cannot take place on location, visitors will receive a refund for already paid tickets and exhibitors will be reimbursed in full for payments made to Koelnmesse.
Further details on digital formats will be announced in the coming months.
Find a pair of statements below.
Felix Falk, Game Managing Director
“Millions of fans worldwide are excited about Gamescom 2020. 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. We already reach millions of Gamescom fans worldwide with the global show Gamescom: Opening Night Live and the Gamescom now portal. Further expansion of our digital strategy is the way to go right now.”
Oliver Frese, Koelnmesse Managing Director
“Gamescom and Koelnmesse already rank among the digital pioneers in the international trade fair landscape. We therefore also see the current corona crisis as a chance to implement digital event formats even more. Gamescom 2020 offers the perfect platform for this. When we reassess the situation in mid-May for all Gamescom formats at the Cologne fair grounds, the health of our visitors will be our top priority. It goes without saying that preparations are well underway both physically and digitally.”