The novel coronavirus has led to the cancellation of several major events across the globe. The gaming industry has also had its fair share of cancelled/postponed events like GDC, and even the illustrious E3. Gamescom is another big annual event that takes place over in Europe; the continent is currently reeling with confirmed COVID-19 cases popping up across several of its countries. As a result, the big question is: “Will Gamescom 2020 actually happen?” For now, the answer is yes.
The official Gamescom account posted a statement via Twitter which explains what its organizers are doing as of now. Gamescom explains that city of Cologne, Germany (where the event is being held) currently has a ban on events with more than 1,000 visitors until April 10, 2020. Gamescom doesn’t happen until the end of August, which is four months after the band ends. Since it’s still too early to tell what the situation surrounding the coronavirus outbreak will be by that time, plans for Gamescom are continuing to be put into place. However, the team is continuing to evaluate decisions on a daily basis to remain in compliance with what the local authorities are saying.
Remember, in early March the ESA offered a very similar statement when asked if E3 2020 would still happen. At the time, it was continuing to make preparations. As we all know, that fanfare didn’t last very long as the event was subsequently cancelled just days later. The Gamescom team is not ruling out that possibility either, and promises that should a cancellation or postponement happen, “all ticket purchasers of the official ticket shop will be reimbursed for the already paid visitor tickets.”
A short update on the current situation:
— gamescom (@gamescom) March 16, 2020
As it currently stands, the coronavirus has infected almost every inhabited country on the planet and is showing very little signs of slowing down. The situation surrounding it changes on a daily basis, so event organizers can only sit and wait as the weeks go on.