According to those who have visited gamescom in the past, this year's conference was definitely much massive and bigger than ever before: more area, more exhibitors, and more visitors. The number of visitors exceeded 350 000 people who came from 106 countries.
BidOn Games Studio was also among gamescom visitors this year, although we've spent most of the time in the business year, we had a chance to see the long lines of visitors, large exhibition spaces, upcoming games and exciting events as part of the conference.
This was really a huge event and now we can assure you: gamescom at Cologne is definitely the heart of gaming! More gaming isn't possible: gamescom 2017 convinced once again with an exhibition offering across platforms. In a once again expanded gross area of 201,000 square metres (+4 percent), console, mobile, online and PC gaming, virtual reality and e-sports, as one of the top themes, ensured enthusiasm among games fans from around the world. In addition to the spectacular presentations of the exhibitors, the social media stage powered by the BMVI (Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure), the cosplay village, the gamescom campus, family & friends, as well as many more outdoor and indoor actions were popular meeting points for visitors.
The gamescom congress is also on a growth course: 850 trade visitors, and thus more than ever before, didn't think of missing the sold-out conference, which is viewed as a think tank for games and digitalisation. In the conference programme, 114 speakers from Germany and abroad provided insight into the current developments and the future of digital games in the fields of knowledge, business, gamification, law and life in a variety of talks and panels.
gamescom 2017 in figures:

Number of visitors:

  • 2017: 350.000
  • 2016: 345.000
No. of trade visitors:

  • 2017: 30.700
  • 2016: 30.500
Internationality of visitors:

  • 2017: 106 Countries
  • 2016: 97 Countries
Exhibiting companies:

  • 2017: 919
  • 2016: 877
Internationality of exhibitors:

  • 2017: 72 percent share of foreign exhibitors from 54 countries
  • 2016: 68 percent share of foreign exhibitors from 53 countries
Exhibition space:

  • 2017: 201.000 m²
  • 2016: 193.000 m²