Gamescom 2021 will take place from the 25th to the 29th of August 2021 and feature an entertainment area similar to previous years, albeit with “a reduced amount of on-site visitors,” where attendees will be able to test new games on-site. This will be complemented by a “digital queue management system” to control crowds. There will also be an event area that offers space to host esports competitions and cosplay contests, as well as an expanded business area to provide trade visitors with “optimal networking conditions” under current conditions.
Gamescom’s digital output will be “further developed” in tandem, with Koelnmesse looking to create “a central meeting point on the web for gaming fans all over the globe.” Those exhibiting at the event will be able to “organize their participation flexibly,” and Gamescom shows such as Opening Night Live will also return.
The show is being built around a set of #B-SAFE4business construction, hygiene and social distancing measures to safeguard its attendees amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “In late summer, we are striving to make an on-site Gamescom event possible for the gaming fans again at last. We will hereby be placing a focus on the superfans and the on-site testing of the latest games this year,” said Felix Falk, Co-Organizer of Gamescom.
“At the same time, Gamescom 2021 will once again reach millions of people worldwide as a result of the further developed digital offers. The results of the community surveys confirm this concept, which we have developed in close cooperation with many of the most important exhibitors.”
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