Gamescom draws 254,000 attendees, 505 exhibitors

Germany-based event officially world's biggest gaming expo; 4,400 members of media turn out.

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This past Saturday was the final day of Gamescom, which bills itself as Europe's largest gaming convention. However, according to attendance figures released today, the Cologne, Germany-based expo is the world's largest gaming event.

Gamescom organizers announced today that 254,000 people attended last week's expo, which was held at the sprawling Köln Messe. Of those, some 4,400 were members of the media, and a Cologne city festival held in tandem with the expo drew some 100,000 visitors. By comparison, the Tokyo Game Show draws around 185,000 visitors and the Electronic Entertainment Expo about 43,000.

Exhibitor-wise, Gamescom had 505 companies on the show floor--up from 458 in 2009. Those companies hailed from 33 countries, two more than the year prior.

As outlined in GameSpot's own Gamescom coverage, several companies used the German expo to make major announcements. Electronic Arts unveiled a new Need for Speed title, dated Dragon Age 2, and revealed that Mass Effect 2 is being ported to the PlayStation 3. At its press briefing, Sony unveiled a new 160GB PS3, which will replace the current 120GB model. A 320GB PS3 will also be available as part of a $400 bundle with the PlayStation Move motion-sensing system.

Discussion

33 comments
monson21502
monson21502

maybe this will force E3 to be open to the public again?

dybbuk
dybbuk

E3 and Gamescon have come and gone and still no word on versus(FFXIII)!? If someone doesn't show some gameplay soon, I swear I'm gonna go all Paul Sr.(Teutul) on someone.

bluefire1360
bluefire1360

Keep in mind the only reason it was bigger than E3 was due to the fact Gamescom is open to anyone who wants to go, E3 Is not. If E3 was open to the public at this point in time, it would of probably doubled that.

darkfox101
darkfox101

To bad E3 fails now. Even blizzcon is more exciting to me than E3

adamosmaki
adamosmaki

Going next year its only 3 hours flight

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Fascinating that Gamescom has become the largest trade event of the year.

Franzkill
Franzkill

Just for the record TGS is always open to the public during the last few days of the event. Definetly will consider going next year. :)

Pete5506
Pete5506

I would of loved to go, but maybe next year

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Your asking alot from me not to make fun of the name Guy Cocker....ALOT.

u09090
u09090

I went to Gamescom and it was so awesome. Got to play CoD Black Ops, NFS: Hot Pursuit, AC: Brotherhood and other major titles. City festival was great too because they were giving away free coke and t-shirts :)

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

yeah i agree juno just watching e3 on the internet or tv isn't nearly as exciting as being there XD. plus all the chances for free stuff and demos :)

JunoFallon
JunoFallon

I do wish we had something in the states to attend now that E3 isn't public, though I'm really glad to hear that gamescom was so high profile! Great news for the industry and fans alike!

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

Even bigger now than E3? Wow..

KTfreak4Jesus2
KTfreak4Jesus2

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KTfreak4Jesus2
KTfreak4Jesus2

i know. i wanted to go to e3 SOOOO bad. Just to see halo reach, black ops, and force unleashed 2 and Btw: F U sony. 18 and up only! that is some b.s

POPEYE1716
POPEYE1716

What gaming expos can the public attend to? Thinking about going to some next year.

AnelZukic
AnelZukic

I'm thinking to visit Gamescom next year, Germany is pretty close to my country, so it wouldn't be a bad idea, and I was born in that beautiful country, one more reason to do so :)

X-Robert
X-Robert

New record! Go Gamecom and give TGS heck!

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

you can bet e3 would easily do better than that if it was open to the public.

stakex007
stakex007

Its really un-fair to compare it to E3, since E3 would almost certainly be the most popular expo if the public was allowed to attend.@73x - I really don't think E3 was ever open to the public (at least not in the last 6-8 years), it just had very lax rules about who was allowed to attend. A few years ago I knew people who worked part time at Babages (now GameStop) and they were able to go because they were "industry" employees. I think its a lot strickter today, but I really don't think it was ever 100% open to the public. Could be wrong tho.

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

Gaming is big business and internationally known, Gotta love it. WHATS NEXT?

73X
73X

That's insane! If only E3 were still open to the public...

flyinghogshow
flyinghogshow

Biggest yet....not something to be excited for. It's to bad that since E3 is the biggest gaming week of the year it can't be open for the public.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

I can't believe it drew THAT many people despite being in Germany. E3 is understandable why only 44k people attended since it's not free to visit, but TGS lost to Gamescom. Even though there's almost as twice people in Japan and Tokyo has many more population than Cologne. I guess the place they held the show is much larger that more people can go inside and wander in there without feeling like they're in the cage like TGS.