500,000 people fly into Cologne for Gamescom 2018

Devcom, meanwhile, snagged 200,00 for its second annual conference

500,000 people fly into Cologne for Gamescom 2018

More than half a million people came to Cologne for this year's Gamescom.

That's according to the conference's organisers, which claim that around 370,000 visitors from 114 countries came to the trade show, an increase of 15,000 year-on-year.

Of that total, 31,200 were from the business side of the industry, a 500-person rise.

That half million figure is the total number of people who came to Cologne for Gamescom week.

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Devcom has also announced that its second year attracted more than 2,000 people.

"The 15,000 increase in visitors and the increased number of countries impressively underlines the great international charisma of Gamescom and the increasing interest in this unique 360-degree experience event," Koelnmesse CEO and president Gerald Böse said.

"With an exhibitor plus of around 13 per cent, it presented an unprecedented offering. Thanks to the presentations of world premieres and hundreds of games highlights, Gamescom convinced as a platform for new products."

The MD of German trade body GAME Felix Falk added: "And the success story of Gamescom also continues in its tenth year: world premieres for the opening and a plus for the numbers of exhibitors and visitors underline the great relevance and attractiveness of Gamescom for gamers and the games industry. The extent to which games are in the meantime perceived as an economic factor, innovation drivers and cultural assets is nowhere so clear as at Gamescom: no other event in the world covers so many facets of games."

This story was originally published on our sister-site PCGamesInsider.Biz.

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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.