Games Convention

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Games Convention
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StatusInactive
Genre Video games
Location(s) Leipzig, Germany
CountryGermany
Inaugurated2002
Most recent2008 (Online until 2010)
Attendance203,000 (2008)
Organized byLeipziger Messe, Bundesverband für Interaktive Unterhaltungssoftware

The Games Convention, sometimes called the Leipzig Games Convention and abbreviated as GC, was an annual video game event held in Leipzig, Germany, first held in 2002. Besides video games, the event also covers Infotainment, Hardware, and Edutainment. Its concept was created by the Leipziger Messe (Leipzig Fair) in cooperation with Bundesverband für Interaktive Unterhaltungssoftware (German Federal Association for Entertainment Software) amongst others. The 2010 Gamescon was held August 18 to August 22.

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With 183,000 visitors, 2,600 journalists, and 368 exhibitors from 25 countries in 2006, the Games Convention was the second biggest gaming event in the world, together with the Tokyo Game Show, later only superseded by Gamescom, which is also held in Germany. By comparison, both the Leipzig and Tokyo shows, where gamers of all ages could visit the show floor, are three times the size of the trade-only 2006 E3 show in Los Angeles. The Business Centre at Leipzig was reserved for professional visitors. In 2008, the Games Convention had a record of 203,000 visitors. [1] The conference took place in a sprawling modern complex of exhibition halls in Leipzig.

To help identify younger visitors, coloured bracelets were handed out to attendees, indicating their age: "12 years and older" (green), "16 years and older" (blue), and "18 years and older" (red). These colours corresponded to the age indicators used by the USK, the German version of PEGI or ESRB.

In April 2011, it was announced that GCO 2011 would not take place.

History

The western wings and central hall of the new Leipziger Messe Fairgrounds. The east wings and business centre are off-camera to the right. The central hall alone has been described as being large enough to enclose a World Cup football pitch. Leipzig Neue Messe.jpg
The western wings and central hall of the new Leipziger Messe Fairgrounds. The east wings and business centre are off-camera to the right. The central hall alone has been described as being large enough to enclose a World Cup football pitch.

The Leipzig Games Convention was first held in 2002. In 2005, the convention achieved visitor numbers of 134,000, which had risen to 185,000 by 2007.

The Games Convention was usually held in the last week of August. The Games Convention 2007 took place from 23 August to 26 August 2007. It started one day earlier for press members, exhibitors, and professionals.

In 2008, the Industry consortium BIU announced not to back a Games Convention in 2009 in Leipzig, preferring a newly to be established convention held in Cologne under the name of Gamescom. Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft are members of the BIU, representing 12 companies.

On 29 January 2009, the Leipziger Messe (Leipzig Fair) announced that in 2009 there would be no Games Convention as in 2008, but a new fair called "Games Convention Online" from 31 July to 2 August 2009. It featured mainly browser games and other online and casual games. [2]

Asian expansion

An Asian edition of the Games Convention, called Games Convention Asia was first held in 2007. It was a yearly convention held in Singapore, starting on 6 September 2007. However, it has since become defunct as of 2010 when it was officially announced that the convention would no longer be held.

Statistics

Games Convention

YearVisitorsExhibitorsProfessional visitorsJournalistsExhibition size
200280,0001663,00075030,000m²
200392,0002073,5001,30042,000m²
2004105,0002584,2001,70055,000m²
2005134,0002806,2002,00080,000m²
2006183,0003677,0002,40090,000m²
2007185,00050312,3003,400112,500m²
2008203,00054714,6003,800115,000m²

Games Convention Online

YearVisitorsExhibitorsProfessional visitorsJournalistsExhibition size
200943,000741,00050040,000m²
2010--630--

International Games Convention Developers Conference

The Games Convention Developers Conference (GCDC) was the largest game design and development conference in Europe, with 950 attendees in 2008.[ not in citation given ]

The GCDC was held in a building in the same complex in Leipzig where the GC took place, typically just before the opening of the main show. During the conference attendees gained ideas and inspiration from the presentation of new tools and methods, and from a variety of sessions discussing both the craft and the business of game design and development. The conference was open to both game professionals, students and press.

As the major European conference, GCDC drew top speakers from all over the world. Presenters in recent years included Bob Bates, Louis Castle, Don Daglow, Peter Molyneux, Bill Roper, Bruce Shelley, David Perry and Will Wright.

Speakers

2007

Notable speakers from the GCDC 2007. [3]

2008

Press day and press conferences

The Games Convention opened for professional visitors, such as developers and members of the press, one day before the event opened to the public. Many developers and publishers held official press conferences on this day.

Symphonic Game Music Concert

As part of the Games Convention, on the evening of the first day of the Games Convention, a grand Symphonic Game Music Concert was held in the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Well-known game music composers such as Nobuo Uematsu, Michiru Yamane, Akira Yamaoka, Jason Hayes, Rob Hubbard, Chris Hülsbeck and Yuzo Koshiro were among those who have attended.

European Nations Championship

The European Nations Championship has taken place since 2004. It is a national team competition, where it determines which European nation has the best e-athletes. The ENC holds events in Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Source, Warcraft III, FIFA, Call of Duty 4, and DotA. The final takes place every year in August at the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany.

ESL European National Championship
DisciplineWinnerSecondThird
2004
Counter-Strike Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Warcraft III Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of France.svg  France Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
2005
Counter-Strike Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
Warcraft III Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of France.svg  France Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
FIFA Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
UT 2004 Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
2006
Counter-Strike Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Flag of Poland.svg  Poland
Warcraft III Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
FIFA Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
2007
Counter-Strike Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
Warcraft III Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
FIFA Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
2008
Counter-Strike Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
Warcraft III Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
FIFA Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
Counter-Strike: Source Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic Flag of France.svg  France Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia
2009
Counter-Strike Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Flag of Poland.svg  Poland
Warcraft III Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
FIFA Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
Counter-Strike: Source Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Flag of France.svg  France Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Flag of Poland.svg  Poland
DotA Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria
Perpetual Medal
SpaceLandGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1.Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 94518
2.Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 71210
3.Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 2035
4.Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 1203
5.Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 1001
6.Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 0213
7.Flag of France.svg  France 0303
8.Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 0134
9.Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 0112
10.Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 0112
11.Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 0101
12.Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 0101
13.Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 1203
14.Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1034
15.Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 0011
16.Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 0011

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