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Gamescom: Opening Night Live to Showcase Two Hours of Biggest Games This Holiday and Beyond

Gamescom 2021 Opening Night Live

Gamescom: Opening Night Live host Geoff Keighley has announced the broadcast will be a two hour showcase of upcoming games.

Gamescom 2021 runs from August 25th to August 27th; starting with the premiere of Gamescom: Opening Night Live on August 25th at 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. CET).

Keighley tweets that the opening show will offer “a new look at this holiday’s biggest upcoming video games and what lies beyond…” The event is also “Streaming & Co-Streaming Everywhere,” which will likely include Twitch and YouTube.

As previously reported, Gamescom will be a purely digital event; having a greater focus on livestreams and presentations. The decision came after talks with event organizers, exhibitors, and partners; many of whom said they are unable to participate in physical events this year still due to the “difficult environment.”

The initial attendees were also recently announced; including 505 Games, Activision, Aerosoft, Assemble Entertainment, Astragon Entertainment, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Bethesda Softworks, Electronic Arts, GAMEVIL COM2US Europe, Headup, Koch Media, NExT Studios (Tencent Games), Sega Europe, Team17, Thunderful Games, Ubisoft, Wargaming, and Xbox.

The Indie Arena Booth will also showcase 80 “curated top indie titles,” and a further 40 presented at the Arcade Village part of IAB Online.

The central theme of Gamescom 2021 was also been declared as “Games: The New Normal.” New Normal has been a somewhat controversial term coined by politicians about the changes the world may come to after the COVID-19 pandemic; along with those concerned what it might be.

For Gamescom, it means the potential for games after the pandemic is over; such as how it should be harnessed for society, “more games for less money,” and live streaming.

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