Gamescom 2020 “continuing as planned” this August, organizers say

The world’s largest gaming event is still happening, so far

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With major events across the globe canceled or postponed through the first half of the year due to the new coronavirus, the status of Gamescom 2020 has come into question. In an announcement posted to Twitter today, Gamescom organizers confirmed that the event is still on as of now.

The city of Cologne, host to Gamescom 2020, has banned all events with more than 1,000 participants through April 10 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Last year’s Gamescom brought in 373,000 attendees. The event is currently scheduled to take place Aug. 25 to 29, well outside the current ban window.

“Since Gamescom takes place at the end of August 2020, we are currently not affected by this decree,” the organizers wrote in a statement. “However, we will of course follow the recommendations of the responsible authorities regarding major events, evaluate them on a daily basis, and make our decisions after careful consideration. The preparations for the #gamescom2020 are continuing as planned according to the current status for the determined date.”

In their statement, Gamescom officials also pre-emptively addressed concerns about tickets. If the event is postponed or canceled, anyone who purchased a ticket through official channels will be reimbursed.