rAge 2009 has bucked the economic downturn and grown its attendance figures compared with 2008 against a global recession backdrop.
Michael James, show director for rAge 2009 is pleased with the results. “The fact that we had an extremely successful show supports our initial indications that South Africa’s technology and gaming industry is proving to be recession-resilient.
"The equipment and gear featured at this year’s show sold like hotcakes and are by no means low-cost ticket items. It shows the growing maturity of the gaming industry in South Africa and the disposable income of South African gamers," he says.
The annual rAge expo serves as a barometer of what is happening in the gaming and technology industry in Africa.
“We were very aware of the economic environment in which we find ourselves this year and maintained conservative expectations of even equalling last year’s visitor figures," says James. "We are thrilled to have grown our figures by 6% from last year with a total of 19 488 visitors this year.
"The expo’s consistent year-on-year growth is also attributed to the phenomenal support it enjoys from our exhibitors who invest enormously in marketing their participation to their clients."