VGXPO Game EXPO Sees Record Attendance

Despite the cold weather, thousands of gamers flocked to the VGXPO in Philadelphia, as attendance soared to almost 25,000.

The 2008 America's Video Game Expo (VGXPO) in Philadelphia recently came to a close, and the organizers couldn't be happier. The consumer video game show more than tripled its attendance from 2007, bringing in roughly 24,674 attendees during the three-day period from November 21-23. This year's VGXPO also featured the inaugural East Coast Games Summit, which attracted nearly 400 video game industry professionals and students, various keynotes and a "state of the industry" panel led by GameDaily BIZ.

Industry participants seemed equally pleased by the great reception they got. "I was quite excited to see nearly 200 faces in our session," said IGDA Education SIG Chair Susan Gold, who presented a "breaking into the business" panel. "When asked how many were students, more than half raised their hands, most of them focused on game design and development programs. These were young people who made the earnest commitment to hear our session on getting a career in games. They represent the creative and technical talent of tomorrow's games industry."

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