gamescom 2016: around 345 000 visitors, other stats

Last week, it was announced that gamescom 2017 would take place from August 22nd to August 26th. But we didn’t have stats for the 2016 edition, since it wasn’t over yet. This morning, Koelnmesse sent a press release to announce that around 345 000 visitors (from 97 countries, and including 30,500 trade visitors) attended gamescom this year, which is pretty much the same as last year.

While the number of visitors was more or less the same, it’s not the case for companies present at the event. There were even more of them this year: 877 companies from 54 countries (+9% compared to 2015). Including the other events that run simultaneously, gamescom 2016 attracted over 500 000 visitors to Cologne.

Here’s what Dr. Maximilian Schenk (Managing Director of the BIU, German Games Industry Association, the sponsor association of gamescom) had to say about this:

gamescom this year impressively confirmed that it is not only a video game trade fair, but instead a 360 degree event for the future of digital entertainment. Games are the leading medium of our time, and for this reason more and more partners and guests from politics, the economy and many parts of society are coming to gamescom to experience and discuss the digitalisation of media, the economy and society. The growth in the areaof national and especially international exhibitors underlines the great international relevance of gamescom as the most important business platform of the European games industry.

Here’s various stats about gamescom 2016:

Number of visitors:

  • 2016: 345,000
  • 2015: 345,000

No. of trade visitors:

  • 2016:30,500
  • 2015: 33,200

Internationality of visitors:

  • 2016: 97 countries
  • 2015: 96 countries

Exhibiting companies*:

  • 2016: 877
  • 2015: 806

* 877 companies, including 272 exhibitors and 11 additionally represented companies from Germany and 589 exhibitors and 5 additionally represented companies from abroad.

Internationality of exhibitors:

  • 2016: 68 percent share of foreign exhibitors from 53 countries
  • 2015: 65 percent share of foreign exhibitors from 45 countries

Exhibition space:

  • 2016: 193,000 m²
  • 2015: 193,000m²

Visitors at gamescom city festival:

  • 2016: 150,000
  • 2015: 150,00

Source: gamescom


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