It’s so on: Games Convention 2009 officially dated

Sunday, 24th August 2008 21:10 GMT By Patrick Garratt

According to the official GC site, Leipziger Messe has officially dated Games Convention 2009, which is to run from August 19-23, 2009.

To say this “puts the cat among the pigeons” is a bit of an understatement. The BIU – the German equivalent of ESA or ELSPA – has announced GamesCOM for 2009, a Cologne event that clearly supposed to replaced Games Convention as the major German – and European – games show.

While better travel connections and more hotel rooms are obviously on offer in Cologne, you’d have to be a bit mental to call this year’s Games Convention anything other than a success. Facts and figures:

  • Exhibitors: 547 (2007: 503)
  • Space occupied: 115,000 sqm (2007: 112,500 sqm)
  • Visitors: 203,000 (2007: 185,00)
  • Trade visitors: 14,600 (2007: 12,300)
  • Media representatives: 3,800 journalists from 48 countries (2007: 3,395 from 46 countries)

Let’s hope someone with an agenda doesn’t go confusing everything for no real reason, eh?



  1. wz

    BIU made some ridiculous attempts to put down Games Convention already. Care if I send you a summary from some german news site?

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Random_H

    For instance: there was a plane flying over the Messe sporting a banner saying “Next year in cologne.”

    Nice, eh?


    #2 6 years ago
  3. wz

    I found their other faux-pas much worse, when they offered Leipzip the ceremony of some German games award in exchange of abandoning Games Convention.

    From here, could not find any better sources:,5409.0.html

    #3 6 years ago

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