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Gamescom 2020 still on track, coronavirus situation still being regularly monitored

Posted on March 16, 2020 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

With major events like GDC and E3 having either been postponed or outright cancelled, all eyes are now on Gamescom. The show has the luxury of taking place much later in the year with a late August event planned, but it’s unclear what state the world will be in from the coronavirus.

On Twitter today, Gamescom provided an official update. Things continue to proceed at planned, but it was stated that organizers will “follow the recommendations of the responsible authorities regarding major events, evaluate them on a daily basis, and make our decisions after careful consideration.”

The full statement reads:

We are currently receiving inquiries about how a possible threat from the coronavirus could affect Gamescom.

We take this topic very seriously because the health of all trade fair visitors and partners is a top priority.

On March 10, 2020, the city of Cologne banned all major events with more than 1,000 participants up to and including April 10, 2020 on the basis of a decree issued by the state government on the same day. Since Gamescom takes place at the end of August 2020, we are currently not affected by this decree. However, we will of course follow the recommendations of the responsible authorities regarding major events, evaluate them on a daily basis, and make our decisions after careful consideration. The preparations for the Gamescom 2020 are continuing as planned according to the current status for the determined date.

Should Gamescom be postponed or cancelled by Koelnmesse, all ticket purchases of the official ticket shop will be reimbursed for the already paid visitor tickets. Voucher codes lose their validity and will be made available again for new events.

We look forward to your participation.

Gamescom 2020 is currently planned to be held between August 25 and August 29.

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