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"Almost all market leaders" will attend gamescom 2009, says Koelnmesse boss

Koelnmesse boss Oliver P Kuhrt has issued a stark statement to Leipziger Messe in the face of the East German outfit announcing GC2009 dates. Translated, it says something along the lines of, "Give it up: everyone's coming to gamescom next year."

“It was to be expected that Leipziger Messe" would announce dates for a 2009 Games Convention, said Kuhrt.

"They will have to then do this, however, to a large extent without the industry."

Handbags. Kuhrt said he's received more than 120 inquiries from companies wanted to attend the first gamescom, including “almost all market leaders."

Konami has been the first company to officially sign up for the show. No specific dates have been set it as yet.

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