Actually, some gamers would slowly make the pilgrimage to Cologne in order to be able to visit Gamescom in the next few days. Not so this year: Everything is taking place digitally, on the Internet - via live stream, via podcasts, on blogs and websites, news portals, but also via platforms such as Steam, on which there will be numerous playable demos parallel to Gamescom .


The starting shot will be given this evening with Gamescom: Opening Night live, the big opening show. Gamescom had ushered in a new era of entertainment last year, for fans and to celebrate itself as an event. The idea was well received: Exclusive revelations, new announcements, world premieres - everything is embedded in an “Americanized format” with plenty of pathos, dazzling light effects, but also cool surprises. It will be similar from tonight, when the first purely digital Gamescom will start.
The show promises to be an entertaining event: There is a world premiere of the gameplay demo by Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart for PlayStation 5, exclusive announcements for Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War, Fall Guys: Season 2, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, DOOM Eternal - and more. Geoff Keighley will moderate the evening together with Sydnee Goodmann.

Gamescom 2020: Simply more of everything

Many partners support Gamescom, that has always been the case, but this year it is particularly important. Twitch, YouTube and TikTok are among them, hardly surprising, after all, they are companies that reach millions of fans worldwide. Much can be played via streams in the Corona year 2020. You have to like that, but there is no getting around it if at least a little Gamescom feeling is to arise. And so streamers and media houses bring the content directly to the fans at home.

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Fans can experience the show via the Gamescom content hub, including via www.gamescom.de, but also via other channels such as Youtube, Twitch or Facebook. The German-speaking part is taken over by Webedia with its portals Gamestar, Gamescom and Mein-MMO. The shows “gamescom studio” and “gamescom: Daily Show” are used as well as the central content hub “Gamescom Now”, the contact point for the digital trade fair, from which fans can access all relevant content.

René Heuser, Director Gaming at Webedia Germany, says about the purely digital orientation of this year's event: “We have already had to go through a transformation several times with our own brands: from print to digital to social, live and events. The corona pandemic is forcing us all to break new ground and still meet our own requirements and customer wishes. We hope to be able to use our experience and long-term connections with international game studios and creative people to make gamescom 2020 an unforgettable experience even without a physical exhibition. "

Don't just look, touch it too

Fans are not only condemned to watch at digital Gamescom, passionate gamers can also put their hands on the keyboard, mouse or controller. The well-known gaming platform Steam is also an official partner. In line with the games event, the platform is planning to offer offers and playable demo versions.

“At the end of August, the games community can look forward to the largest digital offering for Gamescom that has ever existed. Never before has Gamescom and its partners produced so much digital content. In view of the great challenges for game developers during the corona pandemic, we are particularly pleased about the great commitment of the many partners who are working at high pressure and a lot of creativity on content for the community. This shows that this year there is no event in the international games industry that offers more attention and coverage for announcements and news, ”says Felix Falk, managing director of game - the association of the German games industry and co-organizer of Gamescom.

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The companies get the chance to get their information to the fans. Almost every well-known games company is involved, plus countless independent developers. Especially for small developer studios and indie developers, Gamescom is one of the indispensable events to bring players and gamers together. The Indie Booth Arena will therefore be relocated to the “web” this year: fans will be accompanied by broadcasts for games from Thursday to Sunday, and streamers will be presenting selected indie games.

The list of games is long:

A Fisherman's Tale
A Juggler's Tale
Adventures of Chris
After the Fall
agontronic
Airhead
Animal Doctor
YEAR 1800
Apex Legends
articy: draft 3
Ary and the Secret of Seasons
Assassin's Creed - Valhalla T-Shirt
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Assassin's Creed: Animus Eivor 1/4
Asterix & Obelix XXL - Romastered
Airplane
BA Game Design
Bake 'n Switch
BEAM
BETHESDA MERCH STORE EUROPE
Beyond Mankind
Bite the Bullet
Black book
Black Desert Prestige Edition
Blank block party
Blazing Chrome
Blue Fire
Bomb Bot's Arena
Brawlhalla
Broken roads
Bus Simulator 21
BVENGERS
Captain Pegleg
Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions
Carto
Chained Echoes
Chicken Police - Paint it red!
Chinese Office
Chorus
Cold Comfort
comet gulf
Commander Keen in Keen Dreams: Definitive Edition
Conglomerates 451
Cris Tales
Cross code
Curse of the dead gods
Cyber ​​hook
CYBERPUNK 2077
Dark Devotion
Dark Fracture
Dark Fracture: Prologue
DarkRenaissance
Dark Souls III: Yhorm 1/18
Deadly Days
DEATHLOOP
Degrees of separation
Democracy life
DIRT 5
dont_forget_me
DOOM Eternal
Dreamscaper
Drone Swarm: Deluxe Edition
Drone Swarm: Deluxe Edition
Dry Drowning
Duru
DwarfHeim
El Hijo - A Wild West Tale
elements
Encased: A Sci-Fi Post-Apocalyptic RPG
Encodya
Endling - Extinction is forever
End zone - A World Apart
Everdream Valley
Specialized agency for youth media culture in North Rhine-Westphalia
Fallout 76: Wastelanders
Far Cry 6
FAR: Lone Sails
Farmer's Dynasty
Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark - Missions and Monsters
FIFA 21 coins
Filament
Floor 13: Deep State
foregone
FUSER
Fynn's trip
Galaxy bastards
Gates of Mirnah
gatewalkers
Genshin impact
GHOSTWIRE: TOKYO
Giants Uprising
GLOAM
GO HEROES
Godfall
Grounded (Xbox Game Preview)
growbot
Gungrave GORE
haiki
Port
Hexoni to
Highrisers
Homer's Odyssey
Hood: Outlaws & Legends
Hotshot racing
Hyper scape
HyperBrawl Tournament
Ikenfell
Immortal Life
Immunity
In SoundMind
Insurgency: Sandstorm
Interrogation: You will be deceived
Iron Harvest
JackMove
Jessika
Just Dance 2021
Just Die Already
King's Bounty II
Konrad's Kittens
kunai
The cradle
Farming Simulator 19: Alpine Farming Add-On
Farming Simulator 19: Premium Edition
Leisure Suit Larry - Wet Dreams Dry Twice
Let's Sing 2021
Life lollipop
Liftoff: Drone Racing - Deluxe Edition
Little big workshop
Logic Puzzle Collection: Sudoku - Permudoku - Nonodoku
Macbat 64: Journey of a Nice Chap
Mad Games Tycoon
MadTower Tycoon
Madden NFL 21
MAGIC ARENA
Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond
medieval dynasty
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Mindcop
Minute of Islands
Monster sanctuary
MUSICSMASH
Mutropolis
NHL 21
Nigate Tale
Ninjan: Clash of Carrots
Oddworld: New & Tasty
OMPRIS - web camasted online motivation program for internet addicts
One hand clapping
Orbital Bullet
Orbital Bullet
Order of Knights Exiled
OTHERS
Outward - The Soroboreans
Pathfinder: Kingmaker - Definitive Edition
Peaky Blinders: Mastermind
Pile up!
PitRush
pixelBOT EXTREME!
Port Royale 4
Potion party
Power pigs race
Premier League
god
Professional Farmer: Cattle and Crops
PROJECT CARS 3
Project Haven
Project wingman
ProtoCorgi
Q - A neon platformer
Radio Commander
RECARO Exo
Regina & Mac
reky
relicta
Remothered: Broken Porcelain
Rising Lords
Rivers and Wine Studios
Road warden
Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break
Rocket Arena
Rocket Beans TV
Rosewater
Rough Justice: '84
Salar VR
Beat the Star - The 2nd game
SeedHunter
Seed of Life
Shakes on a plane
Sherlock holmes chapter one
Shirtbash Random Shirt
Seven strokes
Skopje
The salty dog
Skyworld
sonority
SPACE BLOCK BUSTER
Space crew
Startopia Spacebase
Spatial Sound Card - L.
SPECIAL FORCE M: REMASTERED
spitlings
city ​​Cologne
Star Wars ™: Squadrons
Streets of Rage 4
Stronghold: Warlords
SuchArt: Genius Painter Simulator
Super catboy
SuperBAMM Smash!
Tamarin
TEKKEN 7: Devil Jin 1/4 statue
Tell Me Why
TERRA FIRE
The Ascent
The Bluecoats: North & South
The Cycle
THE DARK PICTURES: LITTLE HOPE
The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor
The Elder Scrolls: Blades
The Innsmouth Case
The Last Spell
The Path of Calydra
The Pepper Prince: Seasoning 1
The Sims 4
The Sinking City
The Wild at Heart
The Wizard: Wiz Harder Edition
There is no light
Tin Can
Tiny Empire AR
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
tower princess
Townsman VR
Traffic jams
Trifox
Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince
Trucker's Dynasty: Cuba Libre
Whitewash
Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion
UFC 4
Ultimate ADOM: The Chaos Caves
Ultimate Turbo Pinball Wars - in Space!
Unbound: Worlds Apart
Vesper
voidtrain
Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
Warriors: Rise to Glory! Online multiplayer
Wasteland 3
Watch Dogs: Legion
Weaving tides
Who knows? - The 2nd game
Wild Horse's Valley
Willy morgan and the curse of bone town
windbound
2 Windjammers
Wingspan
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap
World of Tanks
World of Tanks Blitz
World of Tanks Console
World of Warcraft®: Shadowlands
World of Warships
World War Z - GOTY Edition
WRC 9 - The Official Game
Wonderling
X4: Cradle of Humanity
X4: Foundations
X4: Split Vendetta
XIII: Limited Edition
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Yet Another Zombie Defense HD
8-bit adventures 2
9 Monkeys of Shaolin
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
30XX

Everything at Gamescom 2020 that has anything to do with a show can be enjoyed at home via stream. Photo: André Volkmann

Everything at Gamescom 2020 that has anything to do with a show can be enjoyed at home via stream. Photo: André Volkmann

Was that all there was to it? Probably not, because the digital Gamescom also has some surprises in store. In the end, the fair will also be a kind of experiment.

“Whether via Gamescom now, content and download platforms, creators or streaming services: At the end of August, the international gaming community will not be able to ignore Gamescom 2020. Thanks to the many official Gamescom partners, we reach millions of gamers worldwide. In this way we increase the reach of Gamescom and all official partners at the same time. This form of the partner network is unique and allows even more people to become part of Gamescom. All of this fits seamlessly into Koelnmesse's strategy of giving our trade fairs even more international reach and relevance through consistent digital expansion and thus making them even more valuable in the future for everyone involved, ”says Oliver Frese, Managing Director of Koelnmesse.

Starting tonight, the contact point for fans is: www.gamescom.de.


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