Gamescom will return to its native land in 2022 in a hybrid version, but also climate-friendly.
It has been two years since the organizers of Gamescom have not been able to hold their video game show as it should be because of the pandemic. But while this is beginning to be curbed thanks to the vaccine campaign, the show will be making a comeback in Cologne this year, with an event like no other. It will adopt a hybrid format and be more environmentally friendly.
It will be held officially from August 24 to 28 next at Koelnmesse for the physical fair, although part of it will also be available online, to satisfy players from all over the world who cannot make it to Germany on these dates. Of course, the organizers will respect a strict health protocol, depending on the measures in force at that time.
For the online version of the show, everything should take place on the Gamescom Now site, with the return of interactive quests and missions to earn rewards while participating in the broadcasts of certain key advertisers. For the moment, we do not know which companies will play the game this year, but we can bet on well-known heads such as Xbox to name a few.
A long-term ecological challenge
But that’s not all ! For the first time this year, the organizers are introducing the Gamescom Goes Green initiative, which aims to organize the event in a more environmentally friendly way. They explain :
” The goal is clearly to ensure that Gamescom, as the biggest gaming event in the world, leads the way in climate action. Gamescom’s reputation must be used to convince even more people, companies, trade fair and event organizers to take concrete steps and concepts of climate action.
[Le but est de] design gamescom as a whole to be climate-neutral in the medium to long term through the reduction, avoidance and offsetting of CO2 emissions. In the short term and as a pilot project, gamescom 2022 will already be even more climate-friendly.”
Several changes will thus be implemented for the occasion, including the installation of charging stations for electric vehicles, the renovation of the halls for better thermal insulation and the installation of photovoltaic panels.