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Gamescom will go on. Online.
Organizers of the world’s largest video came convention, set to run in Cologne Germany from August 25-29, have said they are going ahead with a virtual version of this year’s event after new COVID-19 regulations make a physical convention impossible.
On April 15, the German government said all large public events would be banned until at least August 31 as a health measure to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
In a tweet late Wednesday, Gamescom organizers said the 2020 convention would move online.
? 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
Gamescom is the latest consumer-oriented gaming event to fall victim to the coronavirus. The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, originally scheduled for June 9-11, was called off in early March as the coronavirus pandemic began to hit the U.S.. The Games Development Conference, an industry event for video game developers, was postponed and replaced by a stripped-down online version. GDC organizers Informa Tech, have set up a replacement gathering, GDC Summer, set to be held Aug. 4-6 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
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