German trade fair Gamescom reported that 265,000 people came to the event this year.
That’s down 29% from the show’s reported 373,000 visitors in 2019. It’s the first time a physical Gamescom has taken place since the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Of that 265,000 figure, more than 25,000 were professionals, a drop of around 6,000 from 2019 figures. Around 1,100 exhibitors were at Gamescom, down slightly from 1 153 of 2019.
Of course, this wasn’t an all-physical Gamescom; the show included elements that could be viewed online, such as the Opening Night Live event hosted by Geoff Keighley. This recorded 12 million views.
“For this restart, the many partners and the entire Gamescom team have fought so that Gamescom 2022 can finally take place again in the exhibition halls of Cologne,” said the president and CEO of the co-organizer. Koelnmesse Gerald Böse.
“It has not been an easy journey for the trade fair industry in general and Koelnmesse in particular. Still, with all the exhibitors and us together, we were able to attract hundreds of thousands of people to the venue and millions of people around the world are excited about Gamescom. I am particularly pleased that so many foreign visitors and exhibitors came to Cologne to celebrate their passion for games together – Gamescom was more international than ever this year. together it is a clear signal from Cologne to the whole world that the trade fair location Germany is back.
Managing director of German games trade body Game Felix Falk added: “Finally, Gamescom is back in full force. Despite the significant challenges for everyone involved this year, the unique atmosphere was palpable everywhere from day one. After more than two years of digital-only events, it was a great joy for the industry and the community to be able to meet in person. Overall, Gamescom 2022 exceeded our expectations: this live return along with our newly expanded digital offerings means we are ideally positioned for the successful hybrid future of Gamescom.