Last weekend’s rAge gaming expo saw attendance achieve all-time highs.
The show took place over 19 411 square metres of floor space, featuring 124 exhibitors and 34 693 visitors.
There were also more than 11 locally-developed games on display in the dedicated home-coded area, the very latest (including unreleased) games and technology, a new section of floor space dedicated solely to flea market stands, Artists Alley and cosplay stage area, and more than R2,2-million in cash and prizes given away at the four eSports events.
“eSports was massive at this year’s expo with major tournaments being played, international shoutcasters and hosts in attendance, and the introduction of Africa’s first ever eSports Branding Summit,” says Lauren Das Neves, marketing manager of rAge. “This is the start of something big in South Africa.
“In addition, the construction of the new Blue Wing Conference Centre at the Ticketpro Dome afforded us the opportunity to create a special space for artists, entrepreneurs and cosplayers to display their talents and to chill.
“The vibe in the main arena was electric – with major games being showcased, next-generation consoles and games on show, great cosplay demonstrated, an impressive amount of VR and AR tech for visitors to try out and 2 330 people enjoying the LAN – giving visitors a real glimpse into the future,” she adds.
Dates for next year’s rAge Expo in Johannesburg have been confirmed for 6-8 October 2017 at The Ticketpro Dome at Northgate.