The numbers have been tallied and the announcement has been made: rAge 2013 has officially broken the attendance record set by last year’s event with over 32 000 visitors attracted to the three-day show.
Precisely 32 626 attendees were recorded from October 4th through to October 6th at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg, which represents a 13% increase over rAge 2012 which saw 28 930 visitors.
The organisers attribute the record numbers to the appearance of next generation consoles, namely the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, as well as the chance to play games like Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV, Batman: Arkham Origins and next-gen games like DriveClub, Ryse and Forza 5.
The Make Games SA stand and cosplay competition (which saw 87 entrants over 70 in 2012) were also singled out as some of the attractions to rAge 2013, while over 2 100 PC gamers attended the annual ‘Bring Your Own Computer’ NAG LAN for 52 hours of gaming.
Senior Project Manager for rAge, Michael James, said of the event:
“For all the right reasons I felt that this was one of the best ones we’ve ever done. We addressed many of the crowd control issues from 2012, and had the best Internet any NAG LAN gamer has ever seen. Everyone was happy and, considering Friday was technically a school day, we still destroyed our previous attendance record.
“As always, I must thank my amazing, dynamic and awesome team, all the exhibitors and of course everyone that took time out of their busy lives to come to our show. We’re already chatting, thinking and throwing ideas around for rAge 2014; as always the show evolves each year and we’re hard at work evolving with it.”
Were you at rAge 2013? What was your favourite part of the show and what do you hope to see in the future?
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