Gamescom is the latest event to return to an in-person model

Gamescom is set to return in-person after a two year absence from the physical realm.
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Gamescom will finally return in-person in 2022, following two years of being an online-only event. This year’s show will have a digital component, but the focus is on reuniting the global games industry in Cologne’s Koelnmesse exhibition centre.

Those able to travel should mark their calendars from Wednesday, 24 August 2022 to Sunday, 28 August 2022, when the event will take place in Germany.

Given the coronavirus pandemic is still an ongoing concern for organisers, there will be hearty hygiene and safety procedures in place, with all attendees subject to strict rules. Digital queue management, limited ticket sales, and extra wideness for aisles have been noted as some of the measures that’ll be in place for this year’s show.

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So far, it’s confirmed that both ‘Gamescom: Opening Night Live’ and ‘Gamescom: Awesome Indies’ will be livestreamed with an in-person audience, although it’s unknown whether other panels and showcases will be given similar treatment.

In the past, Gamescom has played host to reveals for games like Saint Row (2022), Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Marvel’s Midnight Suns, and plenty of other surprises. As one of the biggest shows on the gaming calendar year, it’s certainly one worth tuning in for.

In addition to new coronavirus measures, Gamescom has also announced it’s kicking off Gamescom Goes Green in 2022, a project designed to offset all emissions created by the show. To aid this effort, organisers will raise money for reforestation projects and team with ClimatePartner to aid offset projects in Brazil and Nigeria.

Those who purchase tickets are able to donate to this initiative if they wish. To find out more about this year’s Gamescom, head to the global website hub here.

Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.