Gamescom 2010 grew to 254,000 attendees

It's pretty safe to say that in its second year Gamescom has not only established itself as the premier European gaming event, with 254,000 visitors (up 9,000), but as a global one as well. Event organizers were obviously pleased with the show's size and the growing presence of international companies.

Gamescom 2011 is already set for Cologne from August 17 - 21. Like our roundup of figures from last year, you'll find some "official" and "unofficial statisticals" from our 2010 show experience after the break.
  • 254,000 attendees. Breakdown: 18,900 trade visitors (up 1,900) and 235,100 (up 7,100) "end consumers."
  • 505 exhibitors from 33 countries (2009: 458 companies attended from 31 countries).
  • Liters of Starbuck's Tazo Passion tea consumed to stave off sickness from cold, rainy days early in the week: 4.
  • Number of liters of Kölsch consumed by us: 1.6 (2009: 6). Number of times "excess" was experienced: 0.
  • Number of tweets that couldn't be sent because our phones didn't work and there was no general wifi: 100+.
  • The amount of men we clearly saw wanting to play Dance Central but couldn't bring themselves to do it publicly: 20.
  • Amount of money spent on public transportation because Gamescom tickets didn't grant access to free public transportation this year: approximately €60. Amount saved in 2009 when it did: €48.
  • Number of German guys who dropped us change as we were writing up Joystiq posts: 3 (No, we still have no clue what that was about.)
  • Number of Weasley brothers we bumped into in a hotel lobby: 1. Amount of time we awkwardly looked at him due to cognitive dissonance: a long 5.3 seconds. (They were there for EA to promote Harry Potter.)
  • Number of times a homeless guy asked us for for cash: 0 (2009: 8). Number of times bridesmaids accosted us for cash: 0 (2009: 1). Number of times we were serenaded while having dinner by men on a bachelor pub crawl: 1 (2009: 0).
  • Schnitzels consumed: 1.
  • Attendees at GDC Europe earlier in the week: 1,500 participants, 170 speakers and 300 media representatives.
  • Number of times we swear walking down the same streets in the centuries-old city and yet end up in a completely different place: 4. It's like the city is run by David Bowie.
  • Number of times we heard the "German Halo song.": 1

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