Gamescom ONL 2023: What to expect and how to watch

Gamescom 2023 is here, and so is Opening Night Live!
Aug 19, 2023, 9:35 AM UTC
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Gamescom ONL 2023: What to expect and how to watch
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Gaming fanatics, it’s that time of the year again when all roads lead to Cologne, Germany, where the gaming universe is about to explode with excitement at Gamescom 2023. With E3 taking a raincheck this summer, all eyes are on Gamescom, Europe’s reigning champ of video game exhibitions. This year’s show promises an extra dose of thrill with the Gamescom Opening Night Live — a dazzling spectacle of trailers, updates, and gaming magic that you won’t want to miss.

What is Gamescom 2023 and the magic of Opening Night Live

A massive event sprawled across the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany, drew gamers, industry hotshots, and passionate fans from all walks of life. It’s Gamescom 2023, a mecca of gaming innovation and spectacle. With big players like Xbox, Bethesda, EA, and Ubisoft showing off their latest gems, this is where the magic happens before the holiday season frenzy.

But guess what? You don’t have to fly to Germany to be a part of the action. Enter the Gamescom Opening Night Live — a virtual extravaganza that kicks off the excitement even before the main event. This online spectacle ensures that gamers from every corner of the globe get to join the party.

When is the Gamescom Opening Night Live keynote?

As the sun dips below the horizon on August 22, 2023, the virtual curtains rise for Gamescom Opening Night Live. It’s all happening at 20:00 CEST, keeping pace with Cologne’s local time. But hold on, the excitement isn’t locked in one timezone – gamers across the planet can revel in the joy:

  • Tuesday, August 22 — Gamescom Opening Night Live keynote — 11 am PT/2 pm ET/8 pm CEST
  • Wednesday, August 23 — Gamescom Studio Day 1 — 6 am PT/9 am ET/3 pm CEST
  • Thursday, August 24 — Gamescom Studio Day 2 — 6 am PT/9 am ET/3 pm CEST
  • Friday, August 25 — Gamescom Award Show — 6 am PT/9 am ET/3 pm CEST
  • Saturday, August 26 — Gamescom Studio Day 4 — 6 am PT/9 am ET/3 pm CEST
  • Sunday, August 27 — Gamescom Cosplay Contest — 6 am PT/9 am ET/3 pm CEST

How to tune in/How to watch Gamescom ONL 2023

Now, let’s talk about your virtual ticket to this gaming extravaganza. All you need to do is hit play on the video right below this paragraph. Can’t find it? No worries! You can catch the live action on The Game Awards’ YouTube channel. Yep, the same folks behind The Game Awards and Summer Game Fest are bringing you this excitement.

What to expect

Get ready for a rollercoaster ride that’s been years in the making. Gamescom Opening Night Live isn’t just a show, it’s an experience – a two-hour journey that begins with a pre-show teaser thirty minutes before the main event. While surprises are the spice of life, our host Geoff Keighley has given us a little peek into what’s brewing.

Don’t expect an avalanche of new announcements. This year, it’s all about updates on the games you’re already buzzing about for the next year. Get ready to feast your eyes on fresh gameplay and trailers for highly anticipated titles like Alan Wake 2 and the mysterious Black Myth: Wukong.

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