After an intense week of game announcements, reveals, and demos, Gamescom 2016 came to an end earlier this week. The trade show had a slightly more diverse array of game companies than ever, though the number of attendees at the show itself remained roughly the same.
Around 345,000 people attended the show itself this year – the same number given last year. However, over 500,000 people visited the show’s hosting city, Cologne, for Gamescom and adjacent events such as the Gamescom city festival, which had 150,000 visitors. Additionally, the show had 877 exhibitors from around the world, up nine percent from 2015.
This year’s show, which remained one of the largest in the world, underwent some changes. Microsoft and EA followed Sony’s move last year, opting not to hold a keynote address prior to the show. Additionally, remarks at those publishers’ smaller press showcase events (an alternative to the press conferences) featured remarks not from head of Xbox Phil Spencer and EA CEO Andrew Wilson, but from others within the company.
Gamescom 2017 will happen next year, from August 22 to 26 in Cologne.
The larger number of exhibitors is great to hear. And although the number of attendees at the show itself has leveled out, Gamescom tickets sold out quickly. Thankfully, those that couldn’t attend due to ticket availability or proximity were able to catch publisher livestreams throughout the week.