Gaming Industry Isn’t Slowing down as Gamescom Reports Record Attendance
If anyone said that the gaming industry is about to go downhill, then they obviously weren’t at Gamescom. Last week’s gaming blow out in Cologne, Germany recorded a huge number of attendees. In fact, it was so big that it was unheard of for the convention.
In all, 275,000 visitors flocked to the show, absolutely destroying previous years’ attendance and beating last year’s attendance by at least eight percent. “In a word: overwhelming!” Koelnmesse CEO Gerald Bose stated. Koelnmesse was the organizing factor behind the whole entire convention.
Overwhelming is certainly a good word for it, but fans and attendees would probably say it was epic, with news ranging from the highly anticipated to some surprise announcements coming out of the convention.
“We grew further, attaining level of results over that of last year, both on the exhibitor and on the visitor side,” said Bose. “By regulating the admission, we were able to ensure that there was never any overcrowding in the hall, and the safety of the games community was therefore guaranteed.”
“Gamescom 2011 was able to write another chapter in the success story of the world’s largest games fair with an increase in visitor numbers of eight percent,” said Olaf Wolters, the MD of the German Federal Association of Interactive Entertainment Software.
“At the same time, the trade fair sharpened its international profile with the partner country UK and many new country representative offices, including the first gamescom appearance by the People’s Republic of China,” Wolters added. “We are already looking forward to Gamescom 2012 in Cologne with anticipation.”
Next year’s Gamescom will once again touch down in Cologne on August 15th through August 19th.