TGS 06: E3 times three

So just how many people will show up when a major gaming convention is open to the public? Lots, according to CESA figures.

While the Electronic Entertainment Expo is (or was) often thought of as the biggest event on the gaming calendar, it's far from it in terms of attendance. The industry-only nature of E3 means open-to-the-public events like last weekend's Tokyo Game Show can pack the crowds in a lot tighter.

And this year's TGS, which concluded Sunday, certainly packed them in. Japan's Computer Entertainment Suppliers Association announced the 2006 TGS attendance today, and the tally was more than triple that of this year's E3. Where the Los Angeles convention drew about 60,000 to the city's convention center in May 2006, Japan's largest gaming event saw 192,411 walk the halls of the Makuhari Messe September 22-24.

By comparison, 2005's TGS clocked in at 176,056 visitors. Broken down by day, there were 39,645 visitors on this year's business day (the first day, which is open to press and media only), 84,823 on the first general-admission day, and 67,943 on the last day. CESA also believes an increasing number of couples and families attended the event, noting that 22,883 of the 2006 TGS visitors were children, up from last year's tally of 18,577.

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68 comments
jayden-lee
jayden-lee

I might move to Guam so i might get lucky and get to fly 3 hrs to Japan for the next TGS!!

_Sam_
_Sam_

wow, didn't expect that

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

TGS is better than E3. But who will go to Japan for it?

Agreb91
Agreb91

TGS kicked a$$ this year for sure. Way better than E3! Actually TGS will be better for E3 forever now.

MC34
MC34

TGS was about 1/5 the size of E3 and other than PS3 had nothing going on this year.

LexLas
LexLas

That sure is allot of attendees.

Dinghy_Dog
Dinghy_Dog

chrisdojo, E3 has been teh sukkorz since they became commerical. It's not even about the games anymore, and I think that's why it's breaking down.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

i don't like E3's "new rules" for the show next year. it's gonna be teh sukkorz!!!

ewjim
ewjim

So many people? Wow...

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

Sony has pretty much dominated TGS so this was a good thing for them, at least more people got to see and play the PS3.

Hayabusa_san
Hayabusa_san

Oh well, this just means we'll have to wait longer for the more important gaming conventions. I might even consider going to TGS myself next year...

GFofgaming
GFofgaming

I will miss the convention nature of E3.

eiru
eiru

waaaaaaaaa

Kreestas
Kreestas

TGS is open to the public alright, now fly to tokyo!

dcoy8
dcoy8

sure wish i was there...i was actually in japan this summer, osaka actually....maybe next year i can time my summer vacations with huge electronic expos?

Lab392
Lab392

hmmm......ineresting analogy VIP..........gross

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

Well, E3 needs to open up its zipper and take some Viagra before it shrinks even more.

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

PSdual_wielder So...we're going to see a downsize of E3 next year where TGS on the other hand is getting an expansion? TGS is, as mentioned, open to the public, E3, to my knowledge, isn't.

PSdual_wielder
PSdual_wielder

So...we're going to see a downsize of E3 next year where TGS on the other hand is getting an expansion?

Solidesnake2004
Solidesnake2004

My Response: Not Bad...but i guess that next year will be a little different then...now will it?

thebrazenone
thebrazenone

I want some of those Japanese booth girls before I die.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

cool...but I'm sick of the teasing, just bring out the games.

bossjimbob
bossjimbob

Quote: Imavnas "For the record: US population - 295,734,134 Japanese Population - 127,417,244 I believe its safe to say the # of people per square mile in Japan is FAR higher than in the US, and hence the reason the public shows net so many visitors (not to mention that Japan's transportation systems are far more efficient than ours; i.e. incredible public transportation system)." Those were the same figures I used when I made my initial post. True, the population density of Japan is greater than that of the US (save for places like New Jersey which, last I checked, had the densest concentration of US citizens per square mile) which would likely explain the influx of so many visitors to the event. Regardless, my point was to merely state that I think it's a misconception to consider the Japanese market as the largest gaming region. I believe they are behind North America (or just the US) in terms of overall dollars spent on gaming. Again, I can't cite a specific source so if someone is privy to that data by all means post it.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

That's pretty cool. I'm hoping to go to Japan one day (my goal is before I turn 30). Maybe I'll try to schedule my trip at TGS time. :)

Imavnas
Imavnas

"that's some pretty stupid logic. There are 20+ million plus people in the los angeles area alone. The reason there was such a high number of attendees is because it WAS AN OPEN CONVENTION. E3 is limited, and thus only a certain number of people can attend. Still, I think it's safe to say we have a new king." Tokyo Population - 12,369,000 California Population - 36,132,147 Los Angeles Population - 9,935,475 1) it's not logic, its statistics. 2) Stupid you say? Methinks you know jack squat about Statistics. Lets not even mention the fact that half of Los Angeles could probably care less about video games, and that its part of mainstream culture in Japan. Theres a definite corrolation between size and population per square mile here, wether you "think" its stupid or not. The #'s speak for themselves. 3) Even if E3 would've have been open to the public, TGS would still take the cake.

assassinX01
assassinX01

I believe its safe to say the # of people per square mile in Japan is FAR higher than in the US, and hence the reason the public shows net so many visitors (not to mention that Japan's transportation systems are far more efficient than ours; i.e. incredible public transportation system). that's some pretty stupid logic. There are 20+ million plus people in the los angeles area alone. The reason there was such a high number of attendees is because it WAS AN OPEN CONVENTION. E3 is limited, and thus only a certain number of people can attend. Still, I think it's safe to say we have a new king.

Imavnas
Imavnas

For the record: US population - 295,734,134 Japanese Population - 127,417,244 I believe its safe to say the # of people per square mile in Japan is FAR higher than in the US, and hence the reason the public shows net so many visitors (not to mention that Japan's transportation systems are far more efficient than ours; i.e. incredible public transportation system).

sanjt
sanjt

wow thats alot of people. Too bad TGS sucked.

thepeter
thepeter

I need to go next year...

spydrman5472
spydrman5472

I wish there was a similar public event in the US. Seeing as North America's stake in the industry is ever-growing I hope that there will soon be some type of similar expo here. The only thing I can think of is PAX, but that's on the West Coast. How about some East Coast love, huh?

MadGamer132
MadGamer132

talk about big crowds. i hope e3 in 07 is okay, hopefully

dukerav
dukerav

I dont really see this as being noteworthy to publish on the gaming news section or even noteworthy at all. With that said, I wonder what E3 will be like now that its been severly downgraded from its previous status.

NlightN1
NlightN1

actually the population of japan is near the 120 million at this point. and US was at 240 million last i cared to check. so maybe you should look at a fact book made my someone other than your "trustworthy" CIA.

themyth01
themyth01

Obviously, a show open to the public will have more people than a show for the industry only. I don't know what they even bother to compare them as they are incoparable. If E3 was open to the public it would wasily surpass 200,000 people.

thisissami
thisissami

" I don't know if that assertion is true. The US population is more than double that of Japan's, and while there might be a higher percentage of gamers in Japan compared to the overall population, I believe the North American market is actually larger. If it wasn't then why would Sony be sending four times as many PS3s over here for launch? " you've got to be kidding me... double?!? the US has almost 300 million people!!! japan doesn't get anywhere near that!!! if you think 150 million people can fit in the size of one state, then you should look at the CIA worldfactboook or something, cuz that's just wrong in other news, i agree with you that america is much more vital than japan since much more money is made there overall, since there are more videogamers... however that might not necessarily be true (didn't mean the last thing to sound like a fact)... for example Final fantasy XII sold 3 million copies in the first couple of days.... that made a lot of money... madden made 1 million or so in it's first two weeks i think... wow i'm tired, it's almost midnight where i'm at, i'm not gonna talk anymore, hope some of the stuff i said made sense

bossjimbob
bossjimbob

Quote: Ryusuken "Thats why Japan is still considered by many as the biggest gaming market of the world....and its proof of why MS is trying so hard to get some share of that market." I don't know if that assertion is true. The US population is more than double that of Japan's, and while there might be a higher percentage of gamers in Japan compared to the overall population, I believe the North American market is actually larger. If it wasn't then why would Sony be sending four times as many PS3s over here for launch? I tried to locate data to back this up but couldn't find any comparisons between the different markets other than ESA and census figures. If someone has a link to a source that clears this up, by all means post it here.

KYOGRE
KYOGRE

Fact, Japan is small with lots and lots of people. Doesn't surprise me.

Agreb91
Agreb91

Wow thats a lot of people!