Koelnmesse and German Games Industry Association announced that gamescom will take place at least in a digital format from 25 to 29 August.
Organizers state that the event will not be postponed. The same story applies to the devcom developer conference (22 to 24 August).
The team added that an evaluation will be made in mid-May to decide whether gamescom can also take place on-site in Cologne. Please note that visitors will receive a refund for already paid tickets and exhibitors will be reimbursed in full for payments made to Koelnmesse in case gamescom or devcom cannot take place on location in Cologne.
"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 gamescome now portal. Further expansion of our digital strategy is the way to go right now," said managing director of game, Felix Falk.
"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," added Oliver Frese, Managing Director, Koelnmesse GmbH.
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