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.
[source twitter.com, via vg247.com]
Cool yes very smart move for a definitely necessary event where the laws of nature don’t apply
I'd like to think the epidemic will have been stemmed by August. Here's hoping!
It's far enough out we might be in the clear by then, And I'm hoping thats the case.
@Dr_Corndog I think realistically we are going to be dealing with this all year
At least there's some good news despite the pandemic.
@Crockin While it's likely true that this won't go away by summer, it doesn't help to start cancelling all events that far in advance.
@Crockin I think you're right, as well. Especially since there's still cases of Ebola, H1N1, SARS, MERS, and typical flu. Only around half the USA even gets the annual flu vaccine.
Here's hoping they'll figure something out for events like this that still let companies show their projects and give people cool things to see.
I'll take "Bad ideas" for $1000, Alex.
I'm all for canceling events and whatever else it takes but they just shut down E3, scheduled for June, so I think they should wait a couple of months before canceling Gamescon if need be.
I mean August, geez, let's get the kids back to school in April before we start talking end of summer.
Can we at least get to Friday and get ACNH out.
@JohnyHalo what are you basing that on, and what your metric for helping? Have you been keeping with this?
At this rate, we could expect another video game crash as per 1983, except this time people will be burying the mass copies of WWE 2K20.
@DreamerDC it’s all just part of a refusal to believe that we are stuck with this for a while, people will die, and the global economy could tank
@Crockin Of course i have been keeping with this, but deciding to cancel every even that is 5 months away doesn't improve what is happening today, and just feeds into the panic people are feeling. I'm not one of the people saying it's not big deal and ignoring the significance, but making decisions that far ahead, without allowing time to get the full picture of what it will look like even a month or two out doesn't keep it from spreading.
August is still a ways out so I would like to think this whole pandemic thing will be behind us by that time but you never know...
by August everything should be fine can't just just everything down in the world
Hopefully by then the peak will have passed and it will be coming down. But at the moment it's anyone's guess. I can see this being cancelled too, alongside the Olympics.
@JohnyHalo exactly! The idea is that cancelling events like This is a preventative measure. Absolutely no reason a big video game conference should be happening in Europe 5 months from now. Scientists have no idea how big this will get. It’s about acting now for the future. This should have started months ago
If Nintendo was really concerned about our wellbeing they'd release ACNH immediately so we don't go crazier than we already are.
Don't count on schools being reopened in April. There's talk of hoping to reopen in September.
I hope you are feeling better.
@NintendoByNature It's not, it's reported to hit its peak by may and then gradually decline until fall - winter, this year.
Until they're legally required to cancel the event, they will not be able to collect on insurance. If they cannot collect on insurance it will be financially disastrous. As in they may never be able to hold another event. This underpins the cancellation of all the recent events. They're not cheap.
@k8sMum Morning mum.
Hopefully you're sane enough to not spend too much time on twitter so here's what I posted 21 hours ago.
Hey @NintendoAmerica how 'bout doing us all a solid and releasing @animalcrossing early? No point waiting for kids to get out of school Friday, many of them are out now.
So hit the digital release button and let retailers ship' em and put them on shelves. #QuarantineAndChill
Coincidentally, and unbeknownst to me, NoA was tweeting this at the same time, and lots of people had the same reaction.
Just five more days to go! Who are you most excited to meet on your deserted island? #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch
I mean, would it kill them? They can keep their Indie Showcase.
32.5 MILLION kids out of school this week (CNN on in the background), that's a lot of copies sold.
My sister was scrambling yesterday to buy her kids a Switch, wound up paying scalper prices on Amazon, she's in NYC, 5 weeks.
Hey @ryancraddock ask your boss to look into doing an article on COVID-19 Switch scalping. Lites are out there but regular are going going gone, and parents are gonna want them w/ 32 million kids at home indefinitely.
Years ago I tweeted maybe 30 times, tops. Went to sign in and I'm banned! They won't tell me why and my tweets were all innocuous.They want me to jump through all sorts of hoops to get reinstated. It ain't worth the trouble to me.
I keep staring at the Switch menu, seeing AC just sitting there, ready to go. They could do it. Will they? Nah.
Btw, I know why there's no ACNH Switches available: all the twonks on YouTube bought them for their stupid unboxing videos.
@rjejr Why not just be patient and wait till this Friday? It's only 4 days and it'll still be in the Cornoavirus thing so I think people are still being incredibly inpatient.
They are definitely trying to bank on the virus going away by then, but if it doesn't I would expect a late cancellation announcement.
I'm still not convinced that a vaccine will take a year or a year and a half. With all the jobs at stake here with events being canceled, workplaces shutting down or being limited, schools being closed, people rushing to the stores to stockpile on junk they don't need, I won't accept that it'll take that long.
@k8sMum I didn't mean just ACNH Switch but all normal Switch. Everybody seems to be sold out.
@HammerKirby "Why not just be patient and wait till this Friday?"
"32.5 MILLION kids out of school this week (CNN on in the background), that's a lot of copies sold."
How many of those 32.5m kids are yours? 😉
@Entrr_username are you basing this on your extensive knowledge of developing a vaccine for an unknown virus that popped up 4 months ago?
@Crockin I'm just annoyed af that the virus is causing so many disruptions in everyday life, especially during what's supposed to be a brand new decade. I obviously don't know how the vaccine process works, but I'm having a hard time believing that work and school life could even go back to even a feasible rate before one is made. It doesn't help that news sites are spreading that that rate wouldn't occur until "at least" July or August. So when I say "I refuse to believe it'll take that long", I'm saying that it's ridiculous to think that the world can handle waiting so long before an official immunity is made.
This is incredibly careless hosting something unimportant as a games convention at this time with hundreds of people who don't even take good care of themselves, while placing dozens more at rise.
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