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Gamescom Asia has been delayed to 2021 due to Covid-19

By Tim Augustin - on 10 Jun 2020, 2:30pm

Gamescom Asia has been delayed to 2021 due to Covid-19

Image: Gamescom

Gamescom Asia’s big debut has been delayed by a year. The gaming conference was set to happen for the first time ever in Singapore from October 15 to 18 this year, but has been postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 

Organisers Koelnmesse noted that there was a, “strong interest and bookings from AAA game publishers, developers and country pavilions,” and that Gamescom Asia was on track to deliver, “a world class event.” At this point, Gamescom’s main event has earned its reputation as a massive gaming conference to rival E3 - taking place in Germany year after year. Unfortunately, the event went digital earlier this year, also due to the pandemic. 

Image: Gamescom

Mathias Kuepper, managing director of Koelnmesse Singapore spoke on Gamescom Asia’s cancellation, saying: 

As much as we would have loved to bring the event to life this October, the current global crisis has forced us to recalibrate our wants for gamescom asia. The health and safety of our visitors, exhibitors and staff is paramount. Moreover, for an inaugural event, we felt it was important to give the regional gaming community and fans the full experience of what an international event of this scale would be like, and not anything less. Today, we confirmed our decision to postpone the live event to 2021 instead.

It makes sense. Even if the situation somehow got better by October, organisers would want Gamescom Asia to make the strongest debut possible - and that simply isn’t possible in 2020. The event will now be held in Singapore from October 14 to 17, 2021 at the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre.

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