GDC 2022 saw 17,000 attendees

GDC 2022 saw 17,000 attendees

The Game Developers Conference 2022 was attended by 17,000 people.

That's a 41 per cent dip on the record 29,000 people that went to GDC 2019. Of the 17,000 attendees, 5,000 signed up for the online version of the trade show, meaning that were only 12,000 people on the ground in San Francisco. That clocks in at roughly 59 per cent lower than 2019.

“It’s been an honor to reunite the exceptional video game development community at GDC 2022 and to share in the love for games and each other that has brought so many people to San Francisco this week,” the VP of entertainment media at GDC organiser Informa Tech, Katie Stern (pictured), said.

“The learnings, accomplishments and people that have made up GDC 2022, have made it clear that the video game industry community is stronger than ever and we’re already so excited for what is to come in GDC 2023.”

This is the first time that GDC has taken place since 2019 after the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic forced the 2020 and 2021 editions to be cancelled.

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