Gamescom Opening Night Live is coming late August along with hybrid event

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Gamescom Opening Night Live is set to return on August 24.

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Keighley started the tradition of kicking off Gamescom with ONL and a string of super-hyped game trailers back in 2019. Last year, due to COVID-19, all of Gamescom 2020 was digital, and Opening Night Live was a serious hit, with more than 2 million people simultaneously watching according to an official report from Gamescom itself. This year, however, the Gamescom team has decided to put on a hybrid event of both on-site and digital elements. 

An email announcing the event reads, "With its purely digital concept, Gamescom was able to celebrate immense success in 2020. Nevertheless, both the exhibitors as well as the visitors agree: In addition to the digital aspects, the possibility of trying out the latest games on-site and diving into the gaming world form an integral part of Gamescom. This is why Gamescom 2021 is going to be staged as a hybrid event and thus unite the best of both worlds, physical and digital." 

Here's what you can expect from the hybrid event taking place later this summer:

  • An entertainment area especially designed for a reduced amount of on-site visitors, which focuses on testing new games live on-site
  • A further developed Gamescom Now as a central meeting point on the web for gaming fans from all over the globe
  • An event arena for special programs like esport competitions or cosplay shows
  • A larger business area
  • An online platform called Gamescom Biz

While we've no idea what games will debut at Opening Night LIve 2021, or will be available to play on-site at Gamescom 2021, stay tuned, as we'll update you whenever we hear even a whisper.

Perhaps ONL will feature one of these new games of 2021 and beyond.

Alyssa Mercante

Alyssa Mercante is an editor and features writer at GamesRadar based out of Brooklyn, NY. Prior to entering the industry, she got her Masters's degree in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University with a dissertation focusing on contemporary indie games. She spends most of her time playing competitive shooters and in-depth RPGs and was recently on a PAX Panel about the best bars in video games. In her spare time Alyssa rescues cats, practices her Italian, and plays soccer.