UPDATE 5pm: Following its brisk tweet earlier today, Gamescom’s organisational team has now formally confirmed the cancellation of this year’s live show.
“It’s official,” organisers wrote in a statement posted to Twitter, “Gamescom will under no circumstances take place on site in Cologne this year. Just like many of you, we are disappointed, because, as the Gamescom team, we have been working on a wonderful Gamescom 2020 for months, just like the many exhibitors. However, it is also quite clear to us that, in the face of the corona pandemic, we must stand united. This means that we must all be considerate of each other and reduce the risk of infection.”
“We are, however, already working at full speed on a digital Gamescom,” the statement continues, elaborating on today’s earlier tweet, “It is, after all, the world’s biggest event for games, and that’s what it should be again this year. You can already look forward to how we will celebrate the best games and Gamescom together with you and million of gamers worldwide at the end of August, even if it will only be digital and not on location this time. Because one thing is certain: this year too, Gamescom is and will remain ‘The Heart of Gaming'”.