Much like E3, the European show backs down and switches plans from hybrid back to online.
Gamescom decided not to continue with their plans of making their show hybrid and announced that the 2021 Gamescom Event will be fully digital. The decision comes after extensive discussions with partners and exhibitors due to appear at the show.
The event is also introducing a new concept, Gamescom Epix, which "sends the community on a joint quest journey in social media even before Gamescom begins", according to Felix Falk, managing director of the German trade association Game, co-organizers of Gamescom. Gamescom 2021 will build upon features introduced at last year's digital event, including Opening Night Live hosted by Geoff Keighley.
Devcom will also host an online business platform during Gamescom, giving developers and investors a place to network throughout the week.