Thread: Gamescom 2021 goes all-digital


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Gamescom 2021, which was previously announced to be a hybrid event, is now an all-digital event, organizers Koelnmesse and game – the German Games Industry Association announced.

According to the organizers, the decision was made after extensive discussions with partners and exhibitors, considering too many companies are unable to participate in physical events this year due to the still difficult environment.

Gamescom 2021 will begin with “Gamescom: Opening Night Live” hosted by Geoff Keighley on August 25, followed by the main two days of the event on August 26 and 27. The “Gamescom Now” hub will also be completely revamped with “numerous” additional features for users and partners alike. “Gamescom Epix,” a community campaign that allows fans to “playfully immerse themselves in the Gamescom universe on the road to Gamescom,” is also planned.

Devcom, the Gamescom sister show for developers, also promises an “extensive” online program with several full-day business matchmaking events. The first two days (August 23 and 24) will focus on content and the extensive conference program, while the remaining three days (August 25 to 27) will be all about business, networking, and Devcom’s digital expo. However, the launch of the new online business to business platform “Gamescom Biz” will be postponed by one year as its features were made to be rolled out in a hybrid concept.

That's unfortunate, other areas of the world have been showing crowded indoor events can happen without any surge in case numbers. I'll just tune this out completely since it's essentially continuing the idea that we need this "new normal." I can't support that.

CES in Vegas is a little over four months later, the worst time frame for seasonal respiratory viruses, and they announced the next show would be in person.