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Gamescom 2020

Gamescom 2020, one of the biggest gaming expos of the year, has been cancelled. Show organizers made the news official today.

Originally, Gamescom was planned for August. But the coronavirus may still be a global pandemic at this point, and a large gathering of thousands upon thousands of people would simply not be possible. Gamescom isn’t happening in its traditional form, but a digital event will take its place.

Here’s the full statement on this year’s cancellation:

Update: An official statement for Gamescom 2020 has now been released, which we have below.

Original: The German Press Agency has reported that the German government have banned all public events until August 31st 2020 in response to social distancing measures implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic, effectively cancelling Gamescom 2020.

While the show’s organizers have yet to comment on the status of the show going forward, last month a post on the event’s website claiming that if the physical event could not go ahead, they would instead host a digital event in its absence.

This story is developing and we will update as the organisers respond to this situation.

Gamescom statement

Even though not all details are known at present, the nationwide ban on major events until the end of August will also affect the planning for Gamescom 2020. Furthermore: Gamescom 2020 will definitely take place digitally! We will provide further information shortly.

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Organizers Koelnmesse and Game – The German Games Industry Association have released a statement via the Gamescom website updating attendees of the event’s status in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the statement, the organizers claim that they will be making a decision on if the event will go ahead as usual in Cologne, Germany in mid-May. If the event cannot take place on-site, all visitors and attendees that have already booked tickets will be refunded.

Regarding the event’s status as a digital-only event in 2020, Game marketing director Felix Falk stated;

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

Gamescom 2020 is still scheduled to take place August 25th to 29th 2020.


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:

Similar to previous years, Nintendo will be attending Gamescom 2020. The company’s presence was confirmed by the show’s official Twitter account a short while ago.

Other publishers attending Gamescom include Bandai Namco, Bethesda, Capcom, SEGA, THQ Nordic, and Ubisoft.

Gamescom 2020 will take place between August 25 and August 29 at Koelnmesse, in Cologne, Germany.


Gamescom: Opening Night Live

The first Gamescom: Opening Night Live was held back in August. A number of announcements were made, including Little Nightmares 2 and the release date for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Switch.

Due to the event’s success, Gamescom: Opening Night Live will be returning for 2020. Geoff Keighley, the creator of The Game Awards, will once again be leading the proceedings. More news and premieres will be shared just like this year.

Gamescom: Opening Night Live will take place on August 24, 2020 in Cologne, Germany.


After Gamescom 2019 took place last week, next year’s expo has been dated. Gamescom 2020 will run between August 25 and August 29, once again in Cologne.

As for this year’s show, attendance was up slightly from 370,000 in 2018 to 373,000 in 2019. There were 1,153 exhibiting companies, with a foreign share of around 70 percent.


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