UK Games Expo Attendance Up 18%; Maintains World #3 Spot
  • UK Games Expo Attendance Up 18%; Maintains World #3 Spot

    UK Games Expo and Origins Game Fair often leap-frog each other each time they have a new convention, both battling for the #3 spot on the list of the world's largest tabletop gaming conventions (after Gen Con and Essen Spiel). UK Games Expo is up 18% in attendance this year over 2018's figures, maintaining the #3 spot for two years running!

    You can see last year's figures here. UKGE has gone from 21.7K uniques to 25.7K, or 39K turnstile to 45K turnstile. Here's the current chart; Origins Game Fair takes place very soon, so the chart will change when those attendance figures arrive! UKGE's exhibitor figure has gone from "400+" to "430+".

    Convention Unique Attendees Turnstile Exhibitors
    Gen Con 2018 "over 60K" 223,000 520+
    Essen Spiel 2017 unknown 174,000 900+
    UK Games Expo 2019 25,704 45,097 430+
    Origins Game Fair 2018 18,648 70,765 300+
    Pax Unplugged 2017* unknown 45,000 unknown

    *Claims to have doubled in 2018, but figures have not been published

    Gen Con is in August, Essen Spiel will be in October. Conventions which don't focus exclusively on tabletop games tend to be bigger, especially those which include comic books (Italy's Lucca Comics & Games dwarfs all of these), but this chart is about specifically tabletop gaming conventions.
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    1. lewpuls's Avatar
      lewpuls -
      We might by old courtesy call GenCon a tabletop game convention, but with film, writing, comics, cosplay, video games, it's really a "story convention", not a game convention. The others have little that isn't tabletop games.
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