COVID-19 brought with it a huge shift in the way we do things, and it continues to impact businesses and events around the world. This obviously extends to gaming exhibitions such as Gamescom, which have been operating on a purely digital level since 2020. This year, however, the German show will be returning to in-person attendance, inviting the public back to the huge expo later this year.
As reported by VentureBeat, Gamescom 2022 won't sell as many tickets as it used to, but co-organiser Felix Falk says it will still be the "world's largest game expo" when it opens between 24th and 28th August.
It sounds as though the event will be responsible with regards to COVID restrictions, and is aiming for a "climate-neutral" approach to carbon dioxide emissions. "It has all the digital parts we developed in the last two years," Falk says. "We have COVID measures already in mind, and because we have six months to go we are looking to the measures that we will have at the end of August... We are very confident that, together with some measures we already have in place, we can get a really nice Gamescom atmosphere and feeling back."
It will be interesting to see whether any other events follow suit, slowly bringing in-person attendance back. What do you think? Will you be heading to Cologne for Gamescom 2022? Tell us in the comments section below.