How to watch Gamescom 2020 Opening Night Live today and what to expect

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Gamescom Opening Night Live is officially happening today, and if you're hoping to catch the show and not miss a moment, you've come to the right place. 

Just like many other shows before, Gamecom has gone all digital this year, and the Opening Night Live stream will kick off the event with a helping of announcements, and you won't have to go far to catch it all. The opening showcase is set to start today, August 27, at 11 am PDT / 2 pm ET /  7 pm BST and will be streamed live on the Game Awards official YouTube (opens in new tab) and Twitch channel, and will also be streaming on Twitter (opens in new tab) and Facebook (opens in new tab). You can watch it right here in the embed below. 

Don't forget to head back here tomorrow as well for the Future Games Show (opens in new tab).

Hosted by Geoff Keighley, you can expect to settle in for around two hours of announcements and game reveals, so make sure you have all of your favourite snacks and drinks at the ready. Opening Night Live will feature "content debuts" from a variety of different game publishers (opens in new tab), including 2K, Blizzard, Bethesda, Activision, Deep Silver, Bungie, Devolver, Bandai Namco, EA, Gearbox, Xbox Game Studios, Warner Bros. Games, Frontier, Focus Home, and Headup Games. 

Ahead of the showcase, we've been getting a steady stream of news about some of the games confirmed to make an appearance so far. Those of you who are enjoying Mediatonic's runaway Battle Royale hit Fall Guys will be happy to know that Opening Night Live is set to reveal Season 2 (opens in new tab)

Blizzard is debuting its new animated four-part series Afterlives (opens in new tab), which is based on the upcoming World of Warcraft: Shadowlands expansion, and you can also expect to see the premiere of a story trailer for Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond (opens in new tab). And finally, a tweet from Bungie reconfirmed you'll be getting a new look at Destiny 2: Beyond Light (opens in new tab), the next big expansion coming to the game on November 10, 2020 (opens in new tab)

Keighley also revealed a list of games making an appearance including, Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War (opens in new tab), Doom Eternal - Ancient Gods, Little Nightmares 2, a PS5 demo of Ratchet and Clank (opens in new tab), and Mafia: Definitive Edition. There's bound to be some other surprises in store, but the showcase looks set to be one jam-packed event with a look at plenty of new upcoming releases. 

Stay on top of the latest upcoming releases headed your way with our roundup of upcoming games 2020 (opens in new tab)

Heather Wald
Senior staff writer

I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.