Gamescom and IGN Set Records

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!

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11 thoughts on “Gamescom and IGN Set Records

    • lol I was just testing the waters, to see what will happen now that whiners can’t vote comments down.

  1. actually Blizz pulled a “vote for diablo 3 and we’ll release beta… maybe”.
    So i guess this cost them the game of the show title, and I’m glad seeing that this cheap blackmail ain’t cutting it anymore. 🙂

    • To be fair DotA 2 is the only that showed us anything new at gamescom. It is the first time ever we saw the gameplay of DotA 2 (besides the teaser vid).

  2. Far out, the DotA tourney there apparently had a $1.6 million prize pool – with the winner getting $1m.

    I didn’t realise DotA was that serious.

  3. I voted for DotA 2! I loved the original and can’t wait for the sequel. The tournament was (and still is) very fun to watch.

  4. What’s interesting to me about this news… DotA was a custom map for Warcraft 3. In other words: a mod. So this shows (again) the importance of mods to the game industry.
    Conclusion: Blizz should be supporting mods in D3 :p

  5. I puts things in perspective, but it’s the other way around – 
    blizzcon – 25k visitors, single company, 3 games
    gamescom – 275k visitors, 557 companies, x games.

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