Since 2002, the Leipzig Games Convention
has been the predominant European expo for gamers, recently rivaling the Tokyo Game Show
as the largest games event in the world. In a move contradicting that success, organizers have just announced that this year's Games Convention
will not be held in its traditional form at the Leipziger Messe Fairgrounds
. In its place will be Gamescom
, which has been backed by Nintendo, Sega and Microsoft. Who could compete with that?
You may remember the importance of this Games Convention in recent years to such MMOs as Warhammer Online
and Age of Conan
. In fact, when AoC's servers merged recently
, the EU servers fared a bit better than the North American ones. Not to fret though, as the organizers have announced an online version of the convention called Games Convention Online. "We will be combining the real fair, that is, the offline event, with an online event,"
says Wolfgang Marzin, Leipzig Trade Fair CEO. "This means that millions of gamers are linked in on the internet and can take part in the Games Convention Online in Leipzig live. The Games Convention Online will host tens of thousands of visitors in Leipzig, and several million in the whole world."