Leipzig GC 2006 Breaks All Records

GC 2006 closed on Sunday evening with a record number of visitors. Over the past four days, a grand total of 183,000 people (compared to 134,000 in 2005) journeyed to the Leipzig Fair’s exhibition centre.

Success on this scale is unique ever since the Leipzig Fair’s new exhibition centre was opened ten years ago. GC has clearly demonstrated that it’s the European number one not just among the general public but also in the media and business sector – making it one of the leading events in the industry anywhere in the world,” declared Josef Rahmen, CEO of the Leipzig Fair. “We’ll sit down with our exhibitors to build up the programme further so that next year we can give people even more gaming fun on days with peak numbers of visitors.

Project Director Angela Schierholz summed up the exhibition’s success as follows: “The larger displays put together by exhibitors for older visitors and the female target group as well as the expansion of GC family and the new section GC Art have resulted in more visitors from different generations. GC has hence met one of its key aims by showing that interactive entertainment and education are relevant for society as a whole.

According to surveys carried out by the IM Institute of Market Research, 42% of visitors were aged over 20 – an increase of 6% on last year. Seventeen per cent of visitors were female (up by 4%) – and 90% of all visitors said they’d be back! Altogether 39% of visitors travelled more than 300km (186 miles) to attend GC (up from 31% last year). GC 2006 also clearly hit the headlines with more than 2,600 journalists from 38 countries (2005: 2,000 journalists from 26 countries) travelling to Leipzig to report on GC.

There were also satisfied faces among the exhibitors. All in all, 91% of the total of 368 exhibitors from 25 countries announced before GC closed that they would be returning to take part in GC 2007. And when asked how well their aims had been achieved at the show, 89% of exhibitors replied either ‘well’ or even ‘very well’ (up from 86% in 2005).