Gamescom 2015 was yet another impressive few days of gaming as hundreds of thousands of people attended this year’s event. Organizers of Gamescom 2015 revealed the show had an outstanding 345,000 people attend from 96 countries, which included 33,200 trade visitors.
From last year to this year, Gamescom increased the number of trade visitors in attendance by 5 percent, and it managed to have over 800 companies from nearly 50 different countries demonstrate at the show. Taking home the prestigious Best of Gamescom Award was Star Wars Battlefront. The game also took home awards for Best Console Game Sony Playstation, Best PC Game and Best Online Multiplayer Game.
Gerald Böse, who is the president and chief executive officer of Koelnmesse, spoke about the things that transpired at Gamescom 2015 last week. He said the show was very positive and everything exceeded expectations organizers had going into the show.
“The growth in the number of visitors and exhibitors and the expanded exhibition surface combined with the measures to improve the quality of the event are important components for the permanent and sustainable success of Gamescom. We are very satisfied with Gamescom 2015, because we were once again able to offer the trade visitors an international industry meeting place and gaming fans from all over the world a unique event,” Böse said.
Major gaming publishers that attended this year’s show were companies such as Microsoft, Nintendo, Ubisoft, EA, Square Enix, 2K Games and others. Sony was the biggest absence from this year’s show as they have elected to bring their European showcase to Paris Games Week, which takes place during October. Dr. Maximilian Schenk, who is the managing director of BIU (the Federal Association of Interactive Entertainment Software) spoke about the event going to the “next level.”
“Gamescom has reached the next level – it has not only experienced further growth this year in terms of the exhibition space and the numbers of trade and private visitors. Thanks to many new events and campaigns, it has also become even more diversified this year. It is a reflection of the increasing significance of computer and video games in our society. Gamescom has impressively confirmed its exceptional position as the world’s largest event for computer and video games and Europe’s most important,” Schenk said.
This year’s Gamescom took place a bit earlier than it has in previous years. Next year’s show, Gamescom 2016, will take place from Aug. 17 through Aug. 21. We’ll have plenty of upcoming coverage from our time at Gamescom 2015, so stay tuned.