Record attendance for 2010 Eurogamer Expo
05-Oct-10by Annie Byrne
Eurogamer Network, organiser of the consumer and trade exhibition Eurogamer Expo, claims its 2010 edition has witnessed a “record attendance”. Over 20,000 visitors are said to have attended the event at the Earls Court Brompton Hall on 1 to 3 October, which would make it the largest of its kind in the UK.“This year's event has been a phenomenal success for everyone involved," says Eurogamer MD, Rupert Loman. “Every console and controller was in use from the moment the doors opened until the show closed, which is a perfect indication of how much fun people were having.”According to Loman, over 11,000 hours of gaming were recorded during the exhibition, which was moved from The Royal Armories in Leeds to London this year. The event hosted hands-on demos of new and upcoming releases and developer sessions with key speakers such as the Sonic The Hedgehog creator Yuji Naka.Some visitors, hoping to have first play on newly-released or yet-to-be-seen games, queued from 2am on the day of the show opening. More than 3,000 people streamed through the doors in the first 45 minutes. “This is the sort of dedication we expect,” says Loman. “Good work guys,” said visitor Terence Gage. “I thought the layout was better this year than previously, which admittedly could have been due to the bigger venue, and it was great to be able to try out some technology like 3D and Kinect for the first time as well. “I hope that it continues to snowball and gain presence as a significant gaming Expo,” he added.