Gamescom and GDC Europe Hit Record Attendance Levels
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Cologne confirmed as the location for 2014
In the past couple of weeks there's been plenty going on in Cologne, Germany, with GDC (Game Developers Conference) and Gamescom attracting industry professionals and fans from around the world. Both events hit new heights in terms of attendances, too, leading the organisers to declare the same host city for next year's extravaganzas.
To start with GDC Europe, an event at which Nintendo gave two major presentations and shared a booth with Unity, 2250 attendees have been confirmed from 56 countries, while "25 countries had at least 10 game developers and businesspeople attending", according to the official announcement. Those numbers are an increase on last year, and relatively high for an event open exclusively to the development community and press.
Gamescom — which is open to the public — hosted major press reveals from Sony and Microsoft, as well as a sizable Nintendo booth that showed off plenty of major Wii U and 3DS titles, and it also hit record numbers. This year's show attracted a massive 340,000 attendees over five days, up from 275,000 last year; that surpasses major events such as PAX Prime in North America in pure numbers.
The organisers have confirmed that GDC and Gamescom will once again share venues in Cologne next year — GDC will take place from 11-13 August, while Gamescom will run from 13-17 August.