18May

GamesCom 2020 Going Livestream Format

GamesCom 2020 is still alive. The yearly event was cancelled due to the pandemic, but GamesCom 2020 is coming back in a livestream format instead through August 27-30.

This immediately might make you wonder a question. Knowing that Blizzard Entertainment is now attending the IGN Summer of Gaming event livestream… will Blizzard participate in GamesCom 2020’s livestream as well?

So far Blizzard has the following games in the pipeline, and we don’t even know if there is going to be a BlizzCon 2020 at the Anaheim Convention Center due to the long-term pandemic alert, or whether they might instead go the livestream route — so in the meantime, they might need other venues to announce these:

  • World of Warcraft: Shadowlands end-game
  • Diablo Immortal Beta starts mid-2020
  • Hearthstone: What’s Next
  • Overwatch 2 update?
  • Heroes of the Storm: What’s Next
  • Diablo IV quaterly update expected late June and October
  • Rumor… Diablo II: Resurrected?

Blizzard has missed a few GamesCom events in the past 10 years, but they have unveiled cinematics, new games, and even the Diablo III on Consoles reveal at GamesCom.

With such a development pipeline it is difficult not to consider that Blizzard might jump on the GamesCom livestream wagon, but there is precedent they haven’t in the past. So it’s a toss of the coin whether yes or no.

All we can do for now is join the waiting game.

Follow @blizzplanetcom for any GamesCom updates as I get them emailed to me — especially when the GamesCom Exhibitor List becomes available.

This was emailed a few minutes ago to past GamesCom press/media attendees:


Dear gamescom fan,

We are thrilled to present you today further details about gamescom 2020.

In the past few weeks we have been working intensively to ensure that at the end of August the whole games world will be talking about gamescom and the latest games. Look forward to the best games, announcements, world premieres, events, Esport tournaments and special promotions.

Not only are we expanding the successful existing digital formats such as gamescom: Opening Night Live, gamescom studio and gamescom now, we have also developed several new offerings, which will make gamescom from 27 to 30 August again THE HEART OF GAMING:
  • gamescom now — the unique content hub for world premieres, news, games and events
  • gamescom Shows — gamescom: Opening Night Live – the spectacular opening show with Geoff Keighley on 27 August
    gamescom: Awesome Indies – all highligts from the world of the Indies
    gamescom: Daily Show – all highlights of the day from all channels
    gamescom: Best of Show – the overview of gamescom 2020 including the presentation of the gamescom award
  • gamescom Studio — the event for all background information on the premieres, live from the publishers
  • devcom digital conference — the meeting place for all developers of games from 17 to 30 August
We will keep you up to date about further details regarding the design and content of the individual shows on our social media channels and on www.gamescom.global.

GamesCom will be working together with many official partners, who will be holding their own events and promotions. These will then be picked up at gamescom now and gamescom’s show formats. gamescom now is therefore THE content hub to go for all schedules, streams and information – so you surely will get every highlight! Here you can also see all gamescom’s own show formats such as gamescom: Opening Night Live. With theme areas such as Esport, Cosplay, Indies or Merchandise you will find the games world on the central portal in all its diversity!

Since we want to make gamescom a worldwide experience for as many fans as possible, there is no need to buy a ticket to visit gamescom now.

We are looking forward to you and gamescom 2020!

#up4gamescom

Your gamescom team

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