Gamescom 2021 to be digital-only event, canceling hybrid plans
The German Games Industry Association has announced that Gamescom 2021 will now take place as a digital-only event.
The organizer had previously planned a “hybrid” event that would take place online with physical experiments, which would have taken place in Cologne.
In a press release, organizers explained their decision to roll back hybrid elements for a fully digital Gamescom in August.
“This decision was taken after long discussions with partners and exhibitors,” the statement said. “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 strong need of partners in terms of security planning. “
NO PENSION OR CAPITULATION! 🚨 # gamescom2021 go digital! Ready for an adventure? ➡️ gamescom epix will take you on a special quest 🎉💯 Back: gamescom: Opening Night Live with @geoffkeighley and our awesome shows. Statement: https://t.co/kV25mQWAJT pic.twitter.com/qBM5qiE8AP
– gamescom (@gamescom) May 5, 2021
Gamescom 2021 will take place digitally and for free from August 25-27. This format will include the live opening night hosted by Geoff Keighley on August 25.
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A new concept is also being introduced called Gamescom Epix, which will involve reaching out to the community to embark on a “common quest in social media”.
“What we want to do with this is to transfer even more of Gamescom’s unique atmosphere to the digital world,” the statement said. “Together with our many partners, we want to make Gamescom the biggest gaming event in the world again in 2021.”
Gamescom’s decision leaves other live event organizers on shaky ground. EGX currently has London-based events scheduled for EGX Rezzed in July and EGX in October.
Elsewhere, the antitrust lawsuit between Epic Games and Apple has started, resulting in a number of disclosures, including how Sony allegedly accused developers of using cross-play.