A whole lot of people attended Gamescom this year, but not quite as many as 2013.
According to a press release , Gamescom 2014 saw around 335,000 attendees, which is just below last year's total of 340,000.
Between August 5 and 9, the popular trade show saw 700 exhibitors from 47 countries (2013: 635 exhibitors from 40 countries), which continues the rise that began back in 2009, when only 458 companies from 31 countries attended the event. This year's "ready to play" theme worked out pretty darn well, as it drew a huge number of presenters, companies and journalists from around the globe. Said President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH Gerald Bose:
"The gamescom is the most important platform for the European computer and video games industry. The increase on the exhibitor side, both in terms of the absolute number as well as the international, underscores that clear. As organiser of the fair, we are pleased that the gamescom is set as a firm date in the industry. For the location Cologne the gamescom is also of great importance, because the computer and video games industry is an industry of the future, which provides a boost for the fair site Cologne."
Cologne is just such a long way away…still, you get to go to Europe, which I would vastly prefer to Los Angeles (E3).