gamescom 2023 underlines its increased international importance with impressive figures: 320.000 visitors from over 100 countries flocked to the gamescom halls from Wednesday to Sunday - Friday, Saturday and Sunday were sold out.
The number of trade visitors increased by around 25 percent compared to the previous year to over 31.000, 50 percent traveled to Cologne from abroad, and more than two thirds of the people used the digital matchmaking platform gamescom biz. In addition, there were millions of people worldwide who followed the gamescom show program: by Saturday evening alone, over 180 million views were counted, over 20 million of which were for the big opening show gamescom: Opening Night Live - a new record in terms of international reach. The gamescom EPIX community adventure inspired more people than ever before: as of Saturday evening, a total of almost 2 million views were recorded.
Tens of thousands celebrate at the Gamescom festival
Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse: “What has already been shown in several records in terms of number of exhibitors, space and internationality has now been impressively confirmed at the end of the event: gamescom is and remains the world's largest games event. But it's not just the numbers that speak for us: Returning Nintendo not only impressed the community again with its own stand on site, but also the jury of the gamescom award and secured several trophies straight away. Microsoft showed off its largest Xbox booth ever and won the gamescom Green Studio of the Year award. And companies like NetEase are having a stand with us in the entertainment area for the first time. All of this underlines the international importance of gamescom and thus also the attractiveness of Cologne as a location.”
Felix Falk, Managing Director of game – Association of the German Games Industry: “Gamescom has taken another big leap forward in 2023: It is bigger, more diverse and more international than ever before. New partners from the streaming sector such as Netflix or Disney+ have contributed to the increased diversity, as has the largest indie area in the history of gamescom and the further expanded offering for content creators. Above all, the international importance of gamescom has increased: In addition to the strong growth in the number of trade visitors with a high international proportion and the growth of the devcom developer conference, the record online reach was particularly impressive. Thanks to the great collaboration with Koelnmesse, the many committed partners and the passionate community, gamescom has once again become the heart of the entire games world.”
On gamescom Saturday and Sunday, over 80.000 people celebrated together at the gamescom city festival in downtown Cologne.
gamescom 2024 runs from August 21st to 25th. It will open on August 20, 2024 with gamescom: Opening Night Live.
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