Gamescom 2021 will be a completely digital event, according to new rumors

Gamescom 2021 will be a completely digital event, according to new rumors

Gamescom 2021 will be a completely digital event


We had already found out but now the official confirmation has arrived via a press release: Gamescom 2021 will be a completely digital and free event. In fact, the organizer of the event states that for reasons of safety and organization, the event cannot be held live again this year. The digital show will therefore be held from 25 to 27 August 2021, which will be opened by Geoff Keighley's Opening Night Live. Already from April 23, however, some conferences will be held, with other events during the weekend of August 28 and 29.

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Gamescom 2021 should, at this point, be an event completely digital and therefore no longer mixed as it initially seemed to have been, based on some recent developments which we have had news of in the wrong way.

Based on what was reported by one of our internal sources at the facilities that host direct visitors to KölnMesse, that is the exhibition facility that historically hosts Gamescom, it seems that both the main fair and the Devcom (the parallel fair dedicated to developers) are planned as completely digital events, therefore without any section in attendance .

Gamescom 2021 was supposed to be a hybrid event, but it seems to have moved completely digital Although the matter is understandable and also quite expected, the latest official news on Gamescom 2021 they spoke of a hybrid event, which therefore had to foresee events in presence, even if obviously of reduced scope and organized following all the appropriate rules on social distancing.

It is not yet clear whether there has been an official modification of the organization of events or whether it is something yet to be definitively established, but for the moment it seems that the intention is to keep Gamescom 2021 and Devcom 2021 as online events, with presentations and streaming panels.

In this, therefore, it will follow the organization of E3 2021, which this year will be held unlike last year, but moving everything exclusively online and without events in attendance.

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Gamescom 2021 Will Also Be Digital-Only, Just Like E3

Gamescom 2021 will be an online-only event in August, following in E3 2021's footsteps as the world continues to get vaccinated against the pandemic. Producer Geoff Keighley made the announcement on May 5 and said it will include, as usual, a free stream for Gamescom: Opening Night Live.

That stream will be held on August 25, and the official website stresses that 'many exciting innovations' are included compared to last year's event. Given the year of time to prepare for a pandemic-era Gamescom, it will likely be a little more substantial. Following the Opening Night Live stream, which is typically filled with new game announcements and news regarding ongoing games, Gamescom itself will be held on August 26 and 27.

Gamescom: Awesome Indies will be a separate presentation with a focus on indie game announcements, and the Gamescom studio will feature demonstrations and developer interviews. The community will also get some new features to make things feel more interactive--one benefit of having the event all-digital.

'The Gamescom Now content hub is being completely relaunched in a more attractive design with numerous additional features for fans and partners,' organizers Koelnmesse and The German Games Industry Association said in a press release. 'Also new is Gamescom Epix, a community campaign that allows fans to playfully immerse themselves in the Gamescom universe on the road to Gamescom.'

Prior to Gamescom, E3 2021 will be held from June 12 through June 15. Several major game publishers have partnered for the event, including Nintendo, Microsoft, Ubisoft, Capcom, and Warner Bros.