TGS 2014 Attendance Down Year-Over-Year, But Still Second-Highest Ever

Attendance reaches 251,832, down from 270,197 last year.

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Tokyo Game Show event organizers have announced that 251,832 people attended this year's recently concluded, four-day show. This is a year-over-year decrease, as 270,197 people attended the show in 2013.

On the bright side, this year's TGS attendance tally is the second-highest in the show's history. Attendance for the 2013 show was a record, jumping by close to 50,000 people compared to 2012's attendance of 223,753. You can see a TGS attendance chart below.

TGS organizers also have announced the venue and dates for next year's event. TGS 2015 will be held September 17-20 (Thursday through Sunday), 2015 at the Makuhari Messe convention center.

While TGS saw attendance fall this year, E3--which is an industry-only event--saw bigger crowds in 2014 compared to 2013. The number of people heading to Los Angeles in June for the show this year rose marginally to 48,900. Meanwhile, the summer's other big gaming show, Gamescom, drew a crowd of 335,000, which is down slightly from 340,000 people last year. Like TGS, Gamescom is open to the public.

TGS 2014 didn't have any bombshell announcements, but there were some notable highlights. Sony announced a Western release date for Bloodborne, Konami showed some new Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain footage and confirmed the game would launch in 2015, and we saw an epic Final Fantasy XV trailer and got news about a demo for the game.

For all of GameSpot's TGS 2014 news, be sure to check out our hub dedicated to the show.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch

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