The Covid 19 pandemic and lockdown resulted in video games conventions either getting entirely cancelled or going fully digital. After almost two years, a sense of normalcy has returned, and conventions are back on the show floors – as is the case with Gamescom this year. Unfortunately, one major participant will be missing from the lineup this year, as Nintendo has announced that it will not feature at the showcase.
In a statement to Games Wirtschaft (thanks, VGC), Nintendo said, "Gamescom is a key event in Nintendo’s calendar of events,” the statement reads. “This year, however, after careful consideration, we have decided against participating in Cologne. Instead, players will be able to try out the games for Nintendo Switch at numerous events throughout Germany.
"Events that have been planned so far include road shows with our Airstreamer [tour bus] and our [VW] Bulli, for example at locations such as the SWR Summer Festival and the Stuttgart Children and Youth Festival. For Japan and video game fans, we have decided to take part in the Main Matsuri Japan Festival in Frankfurt as well as the DoKomi in Düsseldorf and the AnimagiC in Mannheim. More tour stops and activities are planned. We look forward to seeing our fans again at many regional events.”
After hosting a hybrid event in 2021, Gamescom co-organizer Felix Falk announced in March that the showcase will be going back to a full-fledged live event this year but continue with the online presence as well. "So the event is basically the best of two worlds from 2019,” he said. “It has all the digital parts we developed in the last two years. 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. There is still time, but we will decide some things. 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.”
This year, Gamescom will be continuing the hybrid online-onsite formula, but it will be increasing the scope of the in-person showcase. It will be held in Cologne, Germany between August 24-28.
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