Gamescom 2020: Where to watch Opening Night live-stream, event schedule games, announcements, awards and more!

After previously facing cancellation, Germany’s flagship gaming event will now take play online in August.

by Oliver Barsby
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While this year’s huge gaming events such as E3, Paris Game Week and TwitchCon were all understandably cancelled, Gamescom is still planning to go ahead as a digital-only event.

This will certainly be different from Gamescom’s standard setup in the German city of Cologne, but we still expect that the online event will give us news and information about all the latest games and next-gen consoles slated for release in the Holiday period.

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If you want to know everything we know about Gamescom 2020, check out all the information below.

When is Gamescom 2020?

Gamescom’s in-person event was scheduled to begin on August 25, lasting until August 29, but these dates have been altered slightly for the digital event.

Gamescom kicked off on August 27, running for one day less than originally planned, ending on August 30.

Similarly to Gamescom 2019, the event launched with Gamescom: Opening Night Live hosted by Geoff Keighley, where fans can “follow world premieres and the latest announcements.”

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Gamescom 2020 Schedule

August 27 2020 – Opening Night Live

Geoff Keighley’s Opening Night Live began at 7 PM BST (8 PM CEST/ 2 PM EDT), lasting just over two hours.

The event focused on games that have already been announced, rather than new titles. Included in the event was a detailed look at a playable section of the upcoming Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, which was also announced to launch in the PS5’s ‘launch window‘.

Included in the show was information on the following games:

You can watch the full Opening Night Live below:

August 28 2020 – Future Games Show

Games Radar will once again be running a Future Games Show at Gamescom at 8 PM BST.

Hosted by David Hayter and Debi Mae West (Metal Gear Solid), the showcase will “show off the most exciting – and interesting – games of 2020 and beyond, and what we can expect from gaming as a new generation of consoles are set to launch later this year.”

You can watch the Future Games Show on Games Radar’s Twitch channel here.

August 29 2020 – Awesome Indies Show

Gamescom will celebrate indie developers with an indie-focused stream lasting just over an hour. While it won’t cover every indie game at Gamescom, you’ll be able to check out the full slate of indies from the virtual Indie Arena Booth.

August 30 2020 – Best of Show

To close out the event, Gamescom will reveal the winners of a variety of awards, including ‘Best Streamer’, ‘Most Wanted’, ‘Best Announcement’, ‘Best PlayStation Game’ and ‘Best Trailer’.

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Where can I watch Gamescom 2020?

You can expect to watch Gamescom events on YouTube and Twitch from Gamescom’s official channels.

Reveals and world premieres will also be hosted on Gamescom’s own platform, Gamescom Now, which is described by the organisers as the “first go-to source for all world premieres, news, games and events.”

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What games will be shown?

Gamescom is the final gaming event before the Holiday season starts, and so it’s the last opportunity for developers to show off footage from their game to a larger audience.

Aside from the games already revealed to be shown off during the Opening Night Live show, we expect to find out more about: Watch Dogs Legion, Cyberpunk 2077, Gods and Monsters, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Far Cry 6.

We can expect many if not all the annually released games to make an appearance at the show, including FIFA 21, Madden 21, and NBA 2K21, having already seen footage of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War during the Opening Night Live.

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Nintendo, who has previously attended every Gamescom event since 2013, is among the publishers not partnered with Gamescom 2020. Having previously given fans and journalists a look at their flagship Holiday games such as Pokémon Sword and Shield, Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Super Mario Odyssey, their absence will only increase concerns from Nintendo fans over the lack of titles currently slated for release. It may, however, suggest the company is planning to hold their own Nintendo Direct around the same time.

Sony is also absent from the list of Gamescom partners. After attending the majority of Gamescom events to show off the likes of Death Stranding, Spider-Man PS4, and Horizon Zero Dawn, their absence going into the next-gen of consoles may shock fans of the PlayStation.

However, it may be that Sony is further distancing itself from official gaming events and is instead planning on releasing its own State of Play around a similar time, as they now do with E3.

The absence of Sony from Gamescom gives Microsoft the chance to really push the Xbox Series X’s exclusive games.

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Oliver Barsby