E3 2015 Attendance Rises, as Plans for 2016's Show Announced

Even Kanye West showed up.

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As E3 2015 draws to a close, The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which organizes the event, announced on Thursday that the show drew more than 52,200 total attendees. This includes developers, analysts, journalists, and enthusiasts from 109 countries around the world. Even Kanye West showed up.

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This is up from 48,900 people from 100 countries last year. This year, there were more than 1,600 products from 300 exhibitors on display.

The ESA also announced today that next year's event, E3 2016, will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center, June 14-16.

"More than any other E3, this year was about the gamer," ESA president Michael Gallagher said in a statement. "E3 demonstrated both the remarkable transformation of entertainment taking place on all video game platforms--virtual reality, augmented reality, hardware, mobile, and handheld--and awesome games."

The ESA also said E3 2015 broke social media records with more than 6.3 million posts on Twitter and 7.5 million "likes" for E3-related posts on Instagram so far in June. On Twitch, more than 500,000 people watched E3 press conferences concurrently, while more than 1 million E3-related videos were published to YouTube, the ESA said.

Also this week at E3, the game RumbleTV was named winner of the 2015 E3 College Game Competition.

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