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August 25th, 2008, 04:55
A few months ago the BIU (represents 12 big publishers, list here) withdrew its support for the Leipzig Games Convention and decided to install a similar show in Colgne named gamescom (Sept 9th-13th 2009). Everybody expected Leipziger Messe GmbH to look for an opportunity to save face while making an exit out of the consumer game exhibition business. I could literally see the people at the Cologne Exhibition Center and the BIU spill their coffee when following bomb detonated this afternoon:
[quote]Final report: Games Industry Staying in Leipzig for 2009

(News from: 24.08.2008)
  • Exhibitors and Trade Visitors Vote for the Traditional Venue for the Industry's European Benchmark Fair
  • Clear 'yes' to Leipzig from Gamers
  • New Record: 203.000 Visitors Flocked to the Leipzig Exhibition Centre


“The GC – Games Convention will be back in Leipzig again in 2009”, as Wolfgang Marzin, CEO at the Leipziger Messe GmbH, has announced on the last day of Europe’s biggest games fair. “The industry and visitors are giving us their clear support to continue with the fair in Leipzig.” He named 19 to 23 August 2009 as the dates for the next GC – Games Convention.

In a representative survey carried out by the Leipzig Institut für Marktforschung, the vast majority from the games industry and of visitors voted to keep the GC – Games Convention at its traditional venue in Leipzig. To the question “Do you think there should be a GC in Leipzig in 2009?”, only ten per cent of exhibitors answered “no”. And out of the 14.600 trade visitors at the GC – Games Convention, only 13.2 per cent responded with “no”.

Private visitors voted with a clear “yes”, with more than a third of them having travelled over 300 kilometres to be here: 82.1 per cent of them want a GC 2009 in Leipzig. “It’s a clear picture”, is how Messe boss Marzin described the outcome.

City Mayor Promises the Industry his Full Support

Burkhard Jung, mayor of Leipzig City, was pleased with the clear vote of confidence from the industry. “Anyone who has experienced the enthusiastic mood in the exhibition halls over the last seven years knows: this fair belongs in Leipzig.” Jung, who is also chairman of the board at Leipziger Messe GmbH, assured the games industry of his full support for the future. For example, four new hotels with 1,500 beds were to be built and would also be available in future for other trade show events. “The fairs and conferences in Leipzig are becoming increasingly international and attract more and more visitors. We’re pleased with this development. I completely agree with the governor of the Free State of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich, that we will do everything to help this new cultural sector and the GC – Games Convention to achieve further success.”

The European benchmark fair for interactive entertainment, infotainment, edutainment and hardware was launched in 2002. Alongside the Tokyo Games Show, Leipzig’s GC – Games Convention is the biggest computer and video games fair in the world.

Next Level: GC global

At the same time, CEO Wolfgang Marzin announced that the GC – Games Convention will continue to expand its international portfolio. An off-shoot was started last year in Singapore in the shape of GC Asia, and was an immediate success for the industry. The second GC Asia is being held in four weeks’ time in Singapore from 18 to 20 September.

The GC could be adjusted to suit different markets, said Marzin. “The concept is flexible and the network of the global games industry permits us to be active at different locations. After the Southeast Asian Games Convention, we are now focusing on the North American market.”

New High Score for Europe’s Benchmark Fair: 203.000 Visitors

For the seventh time in succession, the GC – Games Convention ended in Leipzig on Sunday with a visitor record: over the past few days, 203.000 trade visitors and game fans have flocked to the biggest European fair for interactive entertainment, infotainment, edutainment and hardware. The Leipziger Messe saw record attendances from the start of this year’s GC – Games Convention. The number of exhibitors had risen from 503 to 547, the area occupied from 112,500 to 115,000 square metres, and the Games Convention had n…More information.
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August 25th, 2008, 04:55
Very interesting. The last newsbit I posted about this, the Liepzig people sounded very optimistic. Looks like they were justified. Wonder what will happen next year at Cologne?
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August 25th, 2008, 08:14
There are 5 halls in Leipzig and they were all used for the Games Convention. There is no more space to grow beyond that, unless they put a tent outside
In Cologne there is much more space and it has a better airport I'm told, which are reasons to move to Cologne I suppose.
Anyway I guess it's too expensive to have a stand at both shows, so it all depends on what the publishers/developers will choose.

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August 25th, 2008, 10:38
I firmly believe that this was predictable. I could feel it. Because the press releases from Leipzig never talked of giving up.

Leipzig could concentrate on Indies, I think this would be an interesting idea.

However, I doubt they know about Indies.

Or why not make a developer's conference, too ?

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However, I doubt they know about Indies.
They do, there were some Independent Developers in the business area. But those are just a small fracture of what is needed to fill at least one hall …

And what do you mean by making a "developer's conference"? The GCDC is a developers conference. :?
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Yes, there's no more space in Leipzig and the whole hotel issue is another thing as well.

That said, I would like to know how many customors/trade visitors have actually taken the survey. I wasn't in the mood and declined, for example, and I wasn't the only one. Well, I never believe statistics anyway.

And to think that most companies won't go where MS, EA & Co are is just plain stupid. As long as the BIU is sticking to Cologne most devs/pubs are going to be there, too.

Oh and I totally welcome Cologne since it's much, much closer to home.
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And what do you mean by making a "developer's conference"? The GCDC is a developers conference. :?
Yes, a similar thing, only Europe-centric.

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August 25th, 2008, 17:26
Ah, at last.
Leipzig has far better beer than Cologne, and that counts for more than all those little details that some people believe are better in Cologne.
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August 25th, 2008, 21:29
4Players spreads the rumor that Sony (a BIU member!) supports Leipzig.


The Cologne Exhition Center is bigger, I think, but it´s also much older.
Traffic chaos is a given in the Rhine/Ruhr area.
The bear in Cologne sucks. ("Kölsch")

Düsseldorf indeed has a serious international airport.
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August 25th, 2008, 23:09
Originally Posted by Alrik Fassbauer View Post
Yes, a similar thing, only Europe-centric.
Ok, but what would you call the GCDC then? It's in Europe and developers speak there.

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August 25th, 2008, 23:32
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The bear in Cologne sucks. ("Kölsch")
Beer, not bear !

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