The first edition of gamescom asia has been postponed to October 14-17, 2021 due to the global crisis everyone is facing today.
Up until the COVID-19 pandemic started, the response to the event had been overwhelming. Many AAA game publishers, developers, and country pavilions were interested in joining and had bookings already. The preparation for gamescom asia was on track to deliver a world-class event.
Koelnmesse Singapore Director and gamescom asia Organizer Mathias Kuepper stated:
As much as we would have loved to bring the event to life this October, the current global crisis has forced us to recalibrate our wants for gamescom asia. The health and safety of our visitors, exhibitors and staff is paramount. Moreover, for an inaugural event, we felt it was important to give the regional gaming community and fans the full experience of what an international event of this scale would be like, and not anything less. Today, we confirmed our decision to postpone the live event to 2021 instead.
The team has been in conversation extensively with all stakeholders, partners and the Singapore government over the last few weeks to decide on the best course of action for the safety of all our participants. While the common sentiment was hopefulness for large-scale events to go back to normalcy, we agreed that the world is not situationally ready for this to happen. With that, we will have to adapt and refocus our efforts on 2021, and offer digital engagements leading up to that date in support of the Asian games industry.
Singapore Tourism Board Exhibitions and Conferences Executive Director Andrew Phua has this to say:
We welcome Koelnmesse’s continued support in these challenging times, and are committed to partner with Koelnmesse to deliver a successful gamescom asia in 2021. The inaugural event will be a highlight in Singapore’s events calendar and provide new business opportunities for local and regional companies. We look forward to welcoming delegates to the event next year.
gamescom asia 2021 will now be held on October 14-17 2021 in Singapore at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Center.