Gamescom 2022 sees the show return as a hybrid digital & physical event this August

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Organisers have confirmed Gamescom 2022 will include an in-person event in Cologne for the first time in two years this August.

The event’s organisers confirmed today that the show will go ahead with a hybrid physical and digital model. The physical event will take place at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany between August 24 to August 28. Of course, the event will go ahead with extensive hygiene and safety protocols in place. These include digital queue management, extra wide aisles and limited ticketing, where appropriate.

Accompanying the physical event will be the return of a digital version on a special Gamescom Now website. Virtual attendees will be able to participate in interactive quests that will also include rewards from exhibitors and sponsors. Once more, the online event will also include shows like Opening Night Live hosted by Geoff Keighley.

Gamescom first had to cancel in-person events back in 2020 as the global coronavirus pandemic first started shutting down games conventions. A similar hybrid system to the one announced today was planned for last year’s Gamescom back in March 2021. However, the show wound up reverting to a digital-only model a few months later.

The show’s organisers have also declared that this year’s Gamescom will be more environmentally friendly. The ‘Gamescom Goes Green’ project means that the show will include a number of measures to reduce emissions from the show, including e-charging stations, bikes and all-virtual tickets. The organisers are also inviting people to make a voluntary donation via a ‘green ticket’ to help raise money for a wind power project in Brazil and clean cooking stoves in Nigera. You can read more about that here.

Gamescom 2022 will take place between August 24 and August 28.

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