Tokyo Game Show attendance drops on last year

Overall visitor numbers decrease by 5% on 2008

The Tokyo Game Show this year attracted visitor numbers of 185,030, show organiser CESA has confirmed, a figure that's five per cent down on last year.

The 2008 event was attended by 194,288 and the 2007 one by 193,040, reports Andriasang, meaning this year's attendance slightly tailed off.

However, visitors to the show's second public day did amount to a record number, with 71,852 visitors, compared with 71,166 last year and 66,072 in 2007. The business days saw similar numbers attending to last year: 27,435 and 24,605 compared to 27,305 and 24,178. However, they were significantly less busier days than in 2007, when the breakdown was 29,783 and 32,390.

Despite flagging numbers however, CESA has already set a tentative date for next year's show, according to a second Andriasang report. Once again the event will be held at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, either from September 16 or September 17, until September 19. In the event of the show being a three day one, one business day will be lost.

This year's TGS was attended by a total of 180 companies and organisations from across 18 countries and regions. Over 758 titles were shown during the course of the four days.

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