rAge 2013 breaks attendance records

South Africa’s biggest gaming expo, rAge 2013 has wrapped up, and the organisers have released some stats on the weekend’s event, with some interesting details.

For the attendance numbers, 32,626 gamers moved through the Coca-Cola Dome doors and into the expo and LAN, which is a 13 percent increase over 2012’s attendance number.

Giant Box Games’ Pixelboy and retrofuture’s zx Hyperblast were among the games wowing experienced gamers at the Make Games SA stand.

The NAG LAN saw 2,100 gamers engage and enjoy some great gaming and sharing throughout the weekend. Internet Solutions provided online connectivity and generated with some pretty impressive Internet traffic stats for the LAN.

The presence of cosplay of rAge 2013 was strong too, with 87 entrants into the Legion Ink cosplay competition, up from the 70 in 2012.

The Entelect R100K Challenge also took place, which required developers to design an AI program, with Pierre Pretorius winning R100,000 in cash after the gruelling challenge.

“For all the right reasons I felt that this was one of the best [rAge expos] we’ve ever done,” said Michael James, Senior Project Manager for rAge and editor of NAG Magazine.

“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.”

For those of you who’s like to see and share your views on the event, you can read all the comments and add in your own on the rAge postmortem thread.

Also remember to check out MyGaming’s photo gallery of the event.

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