Gamescom 2021 ditches hybrid plan, goes all digital

En messe.

The people behind Gamescom have ditched plans for a hybrid event and announced its 2021 show will be digital only.

Gamescom will now be online and free for all, the German Games Industry Association announced.

Eurogamer news cast: are 'metaverse economies' the future of video games?

"This decision was made after extensive discussions with partners and exhibitors," Gamescom said. "Thus, the organisers take into account the current situation, in which too many companies are unable to participate in physical events this year due to the still difficult development. In this way, they also meet the partners' strong need for planning security."

Gamescom will host its Opening Night Live event with Geoff Keighley on the evening of 25th August. It's a free online stream. Gamescom then runs to the evening of 27th August.

Gamescom also planned a hybrid event last year, before switching to entirely digital as the year wore on.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our policy.

Jump to comments (4)

About the author

Wesley Yin-Poole

Wesley Yin-Poole

Editor  |  wyp100

Wesley is Eurogamer's editor. He likes news, interviews, and more news. He also likes Street Fighter more than anyone can get him to shut up about it.


Nintendo Switch owners report download issues following system update

After Nintendo pulls then resumes firmware rollout.

Ubisoft moving to "hybrid" approach to working from home

But only a few employees will be eligible for full remote work.

Elden Ring publisher Bandai Namco dates E3 broadcast

Take-Two and Gearbox slots confirmed, as show completes schedule.

You may also enjoy...

Comments (4)

Comments for this article are now closed. Thanks for taking part!

Hide low-scoring comments

Buy things with globes on them

And other lovely Eurogamer merch in our official store!

Eurogamer Merch