This year's gamescom event is going ahead.
The ongoing crisis of the coronavirus outbreak worldwide has taken its toll on the games industry. Multiple major events have now been cancelled, including E3 2020 in June.
With the first half of the year now devoid of major events, fans are hopeful the second half of the year will deliver. Now that E3 is out, all eyes are on gamescom 2020. According to event organisers, this year's edition of the world's biggest games convention will not be cancelled.
Organisers issued an official statement on Twitter referencing the recent Cologne event ban, effective until April 10, and adding that gamescom's spot in late August keeps it away from that.
A short update on the current situation:
— gamescom (@gamescom) March 16, 2020
"We are currently receiving enquiries about how a possible threat from the coronavirus could affect gamescom. We take this topic very seriously because the health of all trade fair visitors and partners is our top priority," it reads.
"On March 10, the city of Cologne banned all major events with more than 1,000 participants up to and including April 10 on the basis of a decree issued by the state government on the same day. Since gamescom takes place at the end of August, we are not currently affected by this decree.
"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 gamescom 2020 are continuing as planned according to the current status for the determined date.
"Should gamescom be postponed or cancelled by Koelnmesse, all ticket purchases of the official ticket shop will be reimbursed for the already paid visitor tickets. Voucher codes lose their validity and will be made available again for new events. We look forward to you and your participation."
Gamescom 2020 takes place August 26-29.
Image credit gamescom.