With the likes of E3 2020, GDC, and more major gaming events all being postponed or cancelled by the threat of the coronavirus outbreak, the first half of the year is looking a little bare. Naturally, then, all eyes now fall to gamescom which is currently planned for August.
The event organisers have issued an official statement on the matter this morning, addressing concerns raised by those interested in attending. At present, the trade fair will be going ahead as normal, with legal requirements in its host city of Cologne only forcing large events up until 10th April to be banned. Recommendations from responsible authorities are being evaluated on "a daily basis":
"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.
On 10.03.2020, the city of Cologne banned all major events with more than 1,000 participants up to and including 10.04.2020 on the basis of a decree issued by the state government on the same day. Since gamescom takes place at the end of August 2020, 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."
Should the event go ahead as planned, it'll take place from 25th - 29th August. You can find the event's official website here.