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Gamescom 2021’s organisers have abandoned plans to put on a hybrid show combining digital elements with on-site events


NeoGAFs Kent Brockman

Instead, Gamescom 2021 will be an all-digital event for the second year running, organisers Koelnmesse and the German Games Industry Association (GAME) said on Wednesday.

“Even though the hybrid concept was very well received by the partners, we had to recognize that gamescom still comes too early for many companies in the industry due to the required planning reliability”, said Koelnmesse chief operating officer Oliver Frese.

“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.”

The organisers have also adjusted the show dates, with Gamescom: Opening Night Live taking place on Wednesday, August 25, ahead of the main event days on August 26 and August 27. The event was previously billed as running from August 25-29, but plans for weekend activities have now been scaled back, although “some of the offers will continue to be available”.
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