Germany has just announced that due to COVID-19, they would be extending a ban on large scale events until August 31, which is after Gamescom.
This is according to German newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, that there will not be major events hosted in Germany until August 31 because of COVID-19. The full quote is below:
Concrete arrangements, such as the size of the events, are therefore to be made by the countries. The ban would include larger concerts, shooting festivals and fairevents. This restriction effectively helps to contain the Coronavirus while providing much-needed clarity for organisers, including many clubs, it said.
Earlier, Gamescom announced in March that if it were to be canceled then "... all ticket purchasers of the official ticket shop will be reimbursed for the already paid visitor tickets. Voucher codes lose their validity card and will be made available again for new events." Which is to be expected, but its nice to have clarification.
Gamescom joins the dozens of other companies and events such as GDC and E3 2020 that have canceled due to COVID-19.
This makes sense. This virus is probably going to be around until we get a vaccine, which will probably take 18 months. This sucks, but in these times it's better safe then sorry. It's definitely weird now, but it's going to feel weirder when we'll be able to finally go outside and hang out like normal people again in a year or some from now. This is a world-changing event that will be referenced hundreds of years from now, and we're living in it. It's both a cool and terrifying feeling, so strap yourselves in.
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