Gamescom 2020 goes digital


The biggest video game conference in the world has been officially canceled, at least in the traditional sense. The conference was originally slated to take place in Cologne, Germany from August 25-29, before German authorities had prohibited all major events in the country until the 31st of August, as the country continues to take measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Last year, Gamescom had attracted more than 370,000 attendees from all over the world. Its organizers have since taken to Twitter with an official statement, reassuring those who have already bought tickets for this year’s event that refunds would be given in due course. It also announced that a digital only event was currently being planned to replace the canceled conference.

Gamescom is just the latest video game conference to get canceled in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus spread; the organizers of both the Game Developers Conference and E3 2020 had been forced to cancel their events as well. Other digital events have since sprung up to take their place, like IGN’s Summer of Gaming event which is slated to run this June.

What do you think about Gamescom going all digital this year? Do you think its organizers would be able to replicate the same experience from previous years? Let us know in the comments section below.