In 2020 there was only one digital gamescom due to the corona pandemic. As the organizer announced in a press release, it was also quite successful.
Also this year, due to the difficult situation, it is not easy to go back to the old status. Instead, gamescom 2021 should be a hybrid event.
Gamescom is currently from August 25-29, 2021
The planned scope of gamescome 2021:
- Entertainment area with a reduced number of visitors
- Event area for cosplay shows, tournaments and the like
- Extended business area
- Focus on playing demos
- Online queue management
- gamescom Now as an online contact point
- Gamescom biz online platform for exchanges between companies
- Developer conference devcom
It is still uncertain whether the current plan can really be implemented in this form. Because it is still possible that the event on site will have to be canceled again due to Corona. In this case, there is another purely digital event.
You can find out which other trade fairs will take place in 2021 in our large overview:
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Digital E3 & trade fairs 2021
What is shown
So far it is still unknown which exhibitors will appear at the fair and which games they will be showing. Corresponding information should only be certain from May 2021. Until then, the companies can still cancel their participation. At this time, the sale of tickets should finally begin.
Opening Night Live: So far it has only been confirmed that the Opening Night Live with Geoff Keighley will take place. However, it has not yet been decided whether this will only be broadcast online or whether it will also be held on site with an audience.
However, due to the security concept developed for the event, the fair in Cologne itself will be smaller than in previous years. Accordingly, not all interested participants will be given permission to open a stand on the exhibition grounds.