Following yesterday’s announcement of Germany extending a ban on large gatherings until August 31st, the team behind Gamescom has released an official statement about how the convention will be handled this year. The in-person convention is cancelled, but that doesn’t mean Gamescom 2020 is no more. A digital conference will now take center streaming-platform stage this August.

Here’s a transcribed version of the official statement that was shared on the Gamescom Twitter account:

Dear gamescom community,

It’s official: unfortunately, gamescom will under no circumstances take place on site in Cologne this year. Just like many of you, we are disappointed, because, as the gamescom team, we have been working on a wonderful gamescom 2020 for months, just like the many exhibitors. However, it is also quite clear to us that, in the face of the corona pandemic, we must stand united. This means that we must all be considerate of each other and reduce the risk of infection. 

We are, however, already working at full speed on a digital gamescom. It is, after all, the world’s biggest event for games, and that’s what it should be again this year. You can already look forward to how we will celebrate the best games and gamescom together with you and millions of gamers worldwide at the end of August, even if it will only be digital and not on location this time. Because one thing is certain: this year too, gamescom is and will remain “The Heart of Gaming”!

We will reveal more about this in the next few weeks. Until then, stay healthy and and don’t forget to #StayHomePlayTogether!

Your gamescom team

Regarding already purchased tickets:

All paid tickets will be refunded. Koelnmesse will arrange this centrally in the coming weeks. There is nothing further for you to do.

 

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