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GamesCom: 2009 Leipzig "cannot claim to represent this sector"

Organiser of next year's event in Cologne says it has the backing of the industry - not Leipziger Messe

Koelnmesse, the organiser behind the upcoming GamesCom event in Cologne, has issued a statement in reaction to the announced plans for next year's Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany.

Leipziger Messe, the organiser of the GC and the GCDC, reported an increase in the number of attendees for the event earlier this month, saying it would return next year, in spite of the one happening in Cologne, and that it would start looking to host an event in North America.

"It was to be expected that the Leipzig trade fair would try to keep the topic in its 2009 programme as well by announcing its date," commented Oliver P Kuhrt, managing director of Koelnmesse. "But they will have to do it without the industry for the most part. The lead trade fair will take place in Cologne in 2009 and beyond."

"From Leipzig we are bringing the clear message that the games industry will be exhibiting in 2009 in Cologne at GamesCom. We have met with broad approval, and the industry is looking forward to gathering in Cologne. Whatever happens in Germany in 2009 outside of Cologne cannot claim to represent this sector," he added.

There had been speculation that Leipziger Messe would curtail plans for future Games Conventions, following the announcement of the GamesCom conference in Cologne, supported by BIU - Germany's publisher trade body.

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