Gamescom 2021 is a digital-only event too

Another event ditches an in-person program.

Gamescom 2021 will go forward as a digital-only event in the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, its organisers have today confirmed.

The week long event will start with Devcom on 23 August, followed by Gamescom Opening Night on 25 August. The bulk of the conference will take place over 26 and 27 August.

“This decision was made after extensive discussions with partners and exhibitors,” The German Games Industy Association said in a statement.

“Thus, the organizers take into account the current situation, in which too many companies are unable to participate in physical events this year due to the still difficult development. In this way, they also meet the partners’ strong need for planning security. This means that gamescom 2021 will be held exclusively digitally and free of charge for all gamescom fans. In 2020, gamescom celebrated numerous successes: Over 100 million video views across all formats and channels, more than 50 million unique users from 180 countries, and 370 partners from 44 countries. Building on this success, the digital offering is now being expanded further.”

The news comes after a confirmation by the ESA that E3 2021 would take place this year as a digital-only event as well.

We’ll have more on Gamescom 2021 as it becomes available.

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