Gamescom 2021: Start Time, Schedule and How to Watch Live

With the launch of its "Opening Night Live" broadcast, today marks the official start of Gamescom 2021.

The event is an annual industry trade show, held in Germany, that takes place over the course of three days. Here's how to watch Gamescom 2021 live, schedule details and what to expect.

What Is Gamescom Opening Night Live?

During Gamescom, a mixture of AAA and indie publishers will take to the stage to drop new gameplay previews, trailers and major announcements. The convention formally kicks off with today's "Opening Night Live" broadcast, which is the headline event where most of the biggest reveals will occur.

Presented by journalist Geoff Keighley, this year's conference is set to feature news from the likes of Activision, Xbox, Sony, Bandai Namco, Warner Bros., Ubisoft and Amazon.

Meanwhile, in terms of the actual games that will be spotlighted today, Keighley has let a few details slip. Among those confirmed to be making an appearance are Call of Duty: Vanguard, Far Cry 6, a new Saints Row reboot, the Death's Stranding director's cut and Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.

Of course, this does not account for every game that will be featured. Keighley has also promised that there are plenty more surprises in store and fans are hoping that Halo Infinite and Elden Ring might turn up in some capacity.

How to Watch Gamescom 2021

Like the various E3 presentations that were livestreamed in June, Gamescom 2021 will be completely virtual. This means that anybody can tune in from the comfort of their own home.

Each part of the three-day event will be hosted on a number of official channels. For instance, Keighley's own Game Awards platform will be livestreaming every presentation on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Twitch.

If you miss any of the broadcasts as they are taking place, then you will be able to catch up on them later, when they are posted in full on the aforementioned YouTube channel.

When Is the Gamescom Opening Start Time?

Prior to the main presentation, there will be a 30-minute pre-show that begins at 1:30 p.m. ET today.

Opening Night Live (which actually takes place in the day for those who are in American timezones) will then begin at 2 p.m. ET and will last for approximately two hours.

In addition to this, there are multiple presentations organized throughout the rest of the week. These will mainly spotlight indie titles and smaller releases, so if you are only interested in the AAA news, just stick to the Opening Night Live broadcast. Gamescom willl finally wrap up on Friday, 27 August.

The full schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, August 25 at 1:30 p.m. ET: Gamescom Pre-Show
  • Wednesday, August 25 at 2 p.m. ET: Gamescom Opening Night Live
  • Wednesday, August 25 at 4 p.m. ET: Gamescom After Show
  • Thursday, August 26 at 2 p.m. ET– Dying 2 Know Gamescom Edition
  • Thursday, August 26 at 2:30 p.m. ET– Awesome Indies
  • Thursday, August 27 at 4 p.m ET - Future Games Show at Gamescom
  • Friday, August 27 at 5:30 p.m ET Gamescom Wrap-up Show.
Call of Duty: Vanguard Screenshot
"Call of Duty: Vanguard" is confirmed to be one of the game's spotlighted in today's Gamescom broadcast. Activision