EB Games Expo 2012 draws in record attendance numbers


October 5th-7th was an epic three days for the Australian gaming scene, and it seems it was record-breaking epic, with the news that attendance numbers across the three days of the EB Games Expo hit a massive 30,745 people. To put this figure into perspective – that is more than double the number of attendees at the 2011 Gold Coast EB Games Expo.

Following the announcement, Stephen Wilson, EB Games Managing Director, praised the content on display at the Expo, thanked those who attended, and acknowledged all the hard work of EB Games staff:

‘EB Games would like to thank all the Australian publishers that attended the EB Games Expo 2012. The quality of booth design, content and international guests was world class. Without their support and the support of the greater Australian gaming community, the EB Games Expo 2012 could not have been the outstanding success it was.

The most pleasing thing about the whole Expo was to see so many gamers of various ages and interests come out and support the event. The diverse crowd ranged from our Ultimate Gamers to everyday families. There was an electric vibe the entire weekend, which wouldn’t have been possible without you. Thank you to everyone who attended. A special thanks to all those gamers that dressed the part, Assassins’ one and all it was great to see.

To my knowledge, we are the only Australian retailer that puts on a consumer event of this scale. The entire event was organised and run by internal EB Games staff – this was no small task but definitely worth it to see the event enjoyed by over 30,000 people.’

In other Expo news, the first annual EBX awards were decided over the weekend of the Expo, with attendees and media both able to vote for their favourites across a variety of categories. The winners were as follows:

  • Most Anticipated: Halo 4
  • Best Non-Game Booth: Parrot AR Drone 2.0
  • Best Game Publisher Booth: Warner Bros. Games
  • Best EB Live Presentations: Ubisoft
  • Game Of Show (Media Selection): Injustice Gods Among Us
  • Game Of Show (Public Selection): Assassins Creed 3

And rounding out the EB Games Expo news, gamers can now lock in dates for next years’ gaming nirvana spectacular – with EB Games confirming that the EB Expo will be returning to Sydney next year and will be held on October 4th-6th. THose of you who are wanting guaranteed tickets right now for next year can preorder their tickets now from any EB Games store.

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