Gamescom 2020 officially canceled in favor of a digital event

Gamescom reveals 2020 partners, Nintendo absent

The global pandemic continues to derail major gaming events left and right. The ESA called off E3 back in March, but the organizers of Gamescom remained more optimistic. After all, August is a bit further down the line than E3’s planned June dates. However, it seems that optimism was misplaced. Gamescom 2020 has just been officially canceled, but the show is expected to go on in the form of a digital event.

Gamescom 2020 canceled

Gamescom 2020 was meant to take place in Cologne, Germany, from August 25 through August 29. Now that the German government has extended its ban on larger gatherings through August 31. Rather than attempting to reschedule such a massive event, the focus will shift to a digital event. We don’t have any details on what that will entail or which publishers will be involved, but more information should trickle out in the coming months. E3 was originally planning a similar event, but they dropped those plans earlier this month.

At this point, no one can say for sure when our social lives can return to some semblance of normal. Even after strict shutdown orders are lifted, there will likely be restrictions on densely packed gatherings for quite some time. Gamescom 2020 would likely have drawn a crowd of over 300,000 attendees. Even in normal times, that’s a recipe for illness to spread. During a pandemic, it’s unthinkable.

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Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.