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Games Convention Online attracts 43,000

Inaugural Leipzig fair hailed as "successful premiere"; 2010 event inked in

Leipziger Messe has declared this year's first Games Convention Online event as a "successful premiere", noting that 43,000 people travelled to the browser, client and mobile games fair.

Games Convention Online, Leipzig's response to German publisher association BIU's decision to move the main show to Cologne as Gamescom, also featured its content heavily online - with the company claiming 500,000 visits to the event's website.

Additionally 74 exhibitors showcased their products, with 150 games on view, including 50 world and European premieres.

"90 per cent of the visitors were on-line gamers, which means that we reached just the target group the sector was expecting," said Wolfgang Marzin, chairman of the board of management at the Leipzig Trade Fair. "Our exhibitors were very satisfied with the visitor structure, which has laid the foundation for Games Convention Online. Everything for GCO 2010 is headed for growth."

No specific details for GCO 2010 have yet been announced, although the company has indicated that it will take place during next summer, again at Leipziger Messe.