Gamescom 2020 will take place…
Since the start of the year, the coronavirus has been responsible for numerous cancellations of public demonstrations. On the high-tech side, the WWDC 2020 was canceled, as was the Google I / O, without forgetting the Facebook F8 conference. The Geneva Motor Show is also one of the victims of COVID-19, just like the E3 2020 trade show. Today, we learn that Gamescom is also canceled.
Indeed, a direct consequence of the decision of the German authorities concerning the prohibition of any form of assembly until August 31, the Gamescom 2020 is canceled. Recall that the latter was to be held from August 25 to 29, in Cologne, in the famous Koelnmesse. Even if the organizers believed until the end of the event, the latter can not therefore be proposed, in its form " physical".
❗ Even though not all details are known at present, the nationwide ban on major events until the end of August will also affect the planning for # gamescom2020. Furthermore: gamescom 2020 will definitely take place digitally! We will provide further information shortly. ❗
– gamescom (@gamescom) April 15, 2020
… In digital version
However, via Twitter, the official Gamescom account was quick to confirm that Gamescom 2020 will have " definitely place", But digitally. At present, it is unclear what this virtual Gamescom will look like, and the organizers promise to provide more information soon.
Recall that the organization ESA, which manages E3, had also started to announce an E3 2020 in digital format, before throwing in the towel definitively, and to give an appointment to the players in June 2021. A blow for the gaming market, even if some giants of the sector (like Sony or Nintendo) had already given up on E3, preferring to communicate in a freer way.
However, this should not be too detrimental to the success of future PS5 and Xbox Series X, since brands will be able to rely on other communication channels, starting with social networks or YouTube to promote their future products. Recently, it was Sony who made a nice coup, by formalizing in pictures, and to everyone's surprise, the controller of its future PlayStation 5.