Two loosely-related news items from Gamescom. The show itself was huge. How huge?
In total 275,000 visitors attended the trade and consumer video games show, beating all previous records for the event and bettering 2010 by eight per cent. 557 companies spanning 39 countries were in attendance, with 257 exhibitors. Over 5,000 media reps were on hand.
Puts Blizzcon’s 25k in perspective, doesn’t it? Then again, given the all-day lines to play Diablo III at Gamescom, let’s be glad Blizzcon isn’t anything like this.
Not everyone waiting in those D3 lines voted for it in IGN’s Game of the Show poll though, as Diablo III finished… not-first.
Altogether, 258,367 votes were cast – which, as I’m sure you’ll agree, is a LOT of people. Incidentally, this makes IGN’s People’s Choice Award officially the world’s largest videogame awards, which we’re very pleased about.
It was a hard-fought battle, with five or six different games on top at one point or another in the show. There were 25 candidates, but there can only be one winner, and the eventual victor was… *drumroll*
…Valve’s DOTA 2!
Diablo III was named in the honorable mention category, along with Battlefield 3, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Guild Wars II. Most Anticipated Game Voting; where if you’re not at least a sequel, yer craahp!