Europe’s biggest video game expo may need to go online.
According to German news agency dpa, Germany has extended a ban on large public gatherings until 31st August due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Since Gamescom is scheduled from 25th to 29th August, the event may be a no-go since the event will pull a large crowd. 2018’s event was attended by 370,000 people, if you need a frame of reference.
However, Gamescom has not pulled the plug yet. The ban will “affect the planning” for the show, but the event will “definitely take place digitally”. More details on that will be revealed later.
❗ Even though not all details are known at present, the nationwide ban on major events until the end of August will also affect the planning for #gamescom2020. Furthermore: gamescom 2020 will definitely take place digitally! We will provide further information shortly. ❗
— gamescom (@gamescom) April 15, 2020
With this happening, will this affect Gamescom Asia? Most likely no, since that event is happening on 15th to 18th October. Hopefully by the time October hits, the world will be back to normal again and Asians can get the offline Gamescom experience.