Attendance at the Tokyo Game Show last week was solid, but overall the number of attendees was down over last year.
Total attendance at TGS 2009 was 185,030. This breaks down to 27,435 and 24,605 on the first two days of the show (business-people only) and 61,138 and 71,852 on the two public days. Last year, 194,288 folks came out. The breakdown then was 27,305, 24,178, 71,639 and 71,166. in 2007, 193,040 people showed.
Here's another look at the numbers:
- Day 1 - 27,435 Visitors (2008: 27,305 Visitors)
- Day 2 - 24,605 Visitors (2008: 24,178 Visitors)
- Day 3 - 61,138 Visitors (2008: 71,639 Visitors)
- Day 4 - 71,852 Visitors (2008: 71,166 Visitors)
Total: 185,030 Visitors (2008: 194,288 Visitors)
Overall, about the same number of "professionals" showed up this year, but the public attendance was down. Is this indicative of the weak economy? Or is it more about the slate of games that were shown off? Fear of Swine Flu? Maybe the time of year the convention was held, relative to the other big game shows (E3 and GamesCom) Or is it some kind of combination thereof?
Personally, I don't think a drop of 5 percent is indicative of major problems in the Eastern gaming markets. I expected attendance to be even lower than that, given how weak the worldwide economy is.