The world is still in the midst of a global pandemic, so it is no surprise that big gaming events have transitioned to a virtual format. Recently, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) revealed its plans for E3 2021, opting for a “reimagined, all virtual” event. Now, the German Games Industry Association (GAME) has confirmed that Gamescom 2021 will be an online, all-digital event in August, citing “the partners’ strong need for planning security.” This is the second year in a row that Gamescom will be taking place in this format, as we saw something similar last year.
About this, Koelnmesse Chief Operating Officer Oliver Frese stated: “One thing is absolutely clear: All those involved now need planning reliability. That’s why we’re going for a purely digital gamescom again this year and, with sufficient lead time, will be able to offer the gaming community an even stronger online event at the end of August 2021.”
Geoff Keighley’s Gamescom: Opening Night Live will be taking place on Aug. 25, ahead of the main event taking place on Aug. 26 – 27. The event was at one point supposed to take place from Aug. 25-29 but has been scaled back.
Host Geoff Keighley will also be running Summer Game Fest around the same time as E3 2021. He has confirmed that this event will be a lot shorter compared to last year’s, following complaints about its prolonged length. It looks like this summer will be a great time for video games, and we can’t wait to see what these events have in store for us. Are you excited for all-digital Gamescom 2021, and if so, what are you expecting to see online this year?