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Germany's Gamescom conference is bigger than ever
Germany's Gamescom conference is bigger than ever
August 26, 2013 | By Kris Graft

August 26, 2013 | By Kris Graft
More: Business/Marketing

Last week, the Gamescom 2013 conference wrapped up in Cologne, Germany. It ended being the biggest year for the show yet.

Organizers for the show announced attendance of 340,000 during the show’s run last week. That’s up from 275,000 attendees last year.

Unlike big video game trade shows like E3, Gamescom is open to the public, and not limited to industry professionals and media.

A comparable show would be PAX Prime, which takes place in Seattle, Wash. every year. Organizers for that show no longer keep track of attendance, but in 2011, it attracted over 70,000 attendees.

Gamescom 2013 week included big announcements from Sony and Microsoft, including a release date for PlayStation 4 and a new independent developer program for Xbox.

Read more stats from the event here.

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Jack Everitt
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"Organizers for that show no longer keep track of attendance, but in 2011, it attracted over 70,000 attendees." - WHAT? Of course they do. They sell tickets - are you really saying they don't count the number of tickets sold? Seriously?

Kris Graft
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They do sell tickets, but they also give away passes to attendees like media, exhibitors and speakers, which can make up a decent chunk of total attendance.

"Yeah, we no longer do the full attendance count anymore - trying to track down all the numbers with exhibitors, media, speakers etc. was just a pain," Penny Arcade business guru Robert Khoo told Joystiq.

Jennis Kartens
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GC public is horrible. Each booth fighting for the max. volume while hundreds of kids add up to the volume in cramped space with hours of waiting too see the next Call of Duty or whatever...

Christmas shopping on the 23rd is more relaxing as the GC.