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Record numbers attend Eurogamer Expo

Show attracts 34,500 visitors over four days at Earls Court

The Eurogamer Expo, which took place last week between 22 and 25 September, attracted a record number of visitors, with 34,500 attendees enjoying the event, including 2,000 press and industry figures.

Next year's event has already been confirmed as running from 27-30 September at Earls Court, London.

"This year's Eurogamer Expo was a massive success," said Eurogamer co-founder and MD Rupert Loman.

"The response we've had from the gaming community and the games industry has been incredibly positive. The event has grown very quickly but the great thing is that the show has such a brilliant and welcoming atmosphere. We're looking forward to sharing more details on the 2012 show soon."

Gamers from across the country were attracted to the event by the promise of the UK's first public hands-on showing of Skyrim, Counterstrike: Global Offensive and PlayStation Vita, as well as the official launch of OnLive in the UK, which saw thousands of OnLive microconsoles distributed to visitors for free.

Also at the show were developer sessions from the likes of id Software, Naughty Dog and Dice, as well as panels, recruiters and BAFTA sessions in the TIGA and UKIE sponsored GamesIndustry.biz Career Fair.

Surprises were also on hand from BioWare heads Dr Ray Muzyka and Dr Greg Zeschuk, who announced the launch date of forthcoming MMO Star Wars the Old Republic, allegedly the most expensive video game ever made, live on-stage in their developer session.

Eurogamer editorial staff named NCsoft's Guild Wars 2 as their game of the show.

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Latest comments (12)

Maria Sifnioti Associate Producer, Total Eclipse Games5 years ago
Well done, Eurogamer!
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Phil Elliott Project Lead, Collective; Head of Community (London), Square Enix5 years ago
Good work!
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Rupert Loman Founder & CEO, Gamer Network5 years ago
Thanks!
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Dominic Roberts Android SDK Enginner, TapDaq5 years ago
*Counterstrike: Global Offensive.

Good show, but I would have liked to see more system link/lan play for games like Mario Kart/Need for Speed. Bomberman on the Sega Saturn gave the best multiplayer experience there for me - as I didn't want to queue for ages to play MW3 when I dont expect it to be a whole lot different.

Also it would have been nice to be able to see the games with long queues, even if you dont get to play - as a result of the fortified areas I left without seeing MW and Batman.

This kinda feels like a mini rant now, but it was certainly a very enjoyable day that I think has sold the 3DS to me by the end of the year with some decent games.
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Wesley Williams Quality Assurance 5 years ago
Had a great time on the Saturday. Especially loved the Indie Arcade, but next year, they need a bit more space. It was quite cramped in the little tunnel they had and I'm not sure that enclosure helps them get exposure either.

I'm now going to go and fiddle with my OnLive console. Can we have a free Wii U or Vita next year please?

;)

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Wesley Williams on 26th September 2011 4:37pm

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Jordan Woodward Level Designer, Codemasters Birmingham5 years ago
Was a great expo. Was awesome to get a free OnLive console :D

Career fair panels were really interesting too.

Cheers, see you next year :)
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Max Hurd Programming Consultant, OPM Response Ltd5 years ago
Very well put together. Great taking a trip down memory lane on all the retro platforms!

2 player Micro Machines on Mega Drive was a blast!

More of the same next year please!

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Russell Kentish Studying Master of Digital Media, Centre for Digital Media5 years ago
It was awesome! It's great to go to an event where everyone has the same passion as you do. You get on with everybody!
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Leslie Moore5 years ago
Great event guys, thoroughly enjoyed catching up with the latest stuff. Looking forward to next year!
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game5 years ago
I really want to find out where the people who filmed me on Kinect, and interviewed me on Arkham City were from. Apparently a twonk dressed as Spider-man playing Batman was to surreal a site to pass up on :D

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Ken Addeh5 years ago
Was fun, but after following the twitter stream on Fri/Sat/Sun..being there on Thursday felt like the "tame" day.
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Abbie Cooper Studying Creative Media, Portsmouth College5 years ago
it was a good day, would have liked more time to play Arkham City a bit more, and Rayman was really fun to play. the goodies weren't bad either! got a free copy of Rift to try..
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