Gamescom 2020 pivots to digital-only show to combat coronavirus spread

Gamescom 2020 won't be held on-side in Cologne, Germany this year, but a digital show is planned.

Published Thu, Apr 16 2020 5:00 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The world's biggest gaming event won't take place on location this year, but the showrunners are pivoting to a digital-only event.

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Unlike E3 2020, which was cancelled and failed to spin up a streaming-based show, Gamescom 2020 isn't being cancelled. It's just moving online. The event's coordinators confirmed Gamescom will still take place in August, andthat they're using the the fourth-month head start to plan out a digital direct showcase.

"It's official: Unfortunately, gamescom will under no circumstances take place on site in Cologne this year. 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.

"We will reveal more about this in the next few weeks."

Geoff Keighley's excellent Gamescom Opening Night Live series will also continue as a digital-only event. ONL is slated to launch on August 24, a day before Gamescom begins on August 25. Developers highlight important info about their games on stage at ONL, reinforcing the big announcements shown at Gamescom. It's a big part of the show and it's basically the Gamescom equivalent of E3's Coliseum event.

In the more immediate weeks we'll see IGN's E3 2020 replacement Summer of Games show roll out, which includes big-name publishers like Take-Two, Bandai Namco, SEGA, Square Enix, THQ Nordic, and some big announcements regarding Amazon's new Project Tempo streaming service.


Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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