Gamescom’s attempt at a 2020 event in person did not go as planned, to put it mildly, but they are willing to try again. The organizers have ad that Gamescom 2021 is designed as a hybrid event with in-person and virtual components. There will be physical space for people to try out new games, just with a “reduced number” of guests and a queue management system. You’ll also see a competition arena, business space, and developer facilities. However, there will also be digital hubs to help fans and businesses network online.
The emphasis on gameplay testing will prevent some former exhibitors from participating, the showrunners said. Ticket sales will begin in May, a few months before the four-day show opens on August 25.
The determination to return to an on-site exhibit isn’t surprising when hands-on time and socializing are often the cornerstones of events like this. That said, there is no guarantee that Gamescom will be successful. Much can change in a matter of months during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the Gamescom team discovered firsthand in 2020. Large-scale vaccinations make approaching 2021 a safer bet, but it There’s still a bit of gaming involved – the Gamescom team is clearly hoping the virus doesn’t wreak more havoc.