Held last week in Cologne, Germany, gamescom 2016 saw roughly 345,000 attendees from 97 countries, and the week saw more than 500,000 visitors to Cologne. Comparing it to gamescom 2015, the number of attendees was exactly the same, the number of trade visitors was down from 33,200 to 30,500, and the number of exhibiting companies was up from 806 to 877.
It was also revealed that gamescom 2017 will take place from Tuesday, August 22 to Saturday, August 26 in Cologne.
gamescom is the world’s largest event for computer and video games, and Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH, talked about this year’s event:
gamescom is the most important business platform for the European computer and video games industry. The growth by 9 percent and the renewed increase in the internationality of exhibitors confirm this leading position impressively. With 345,000 visitors from 97 countries on the fair grounds and more than 500,000 guests in the gamescom week, we made the theme of computer and video games experienceable in the exhibition halls and in the city.
As for the increased security measures, the press release says the “security authorities were accepted readily by the trade fair participants” and the checks took place smoothly.
You can see the gamescom award winners over here.
Sony didn’t hold a press conference at gamescom this year, but they will be holding a PlayStation Meeting on September 7 in New York. Both the PS4 Neo and PS4 Slim are expected to be announced at the event.