A whopping 48,200 people – encompassing journalists, retailers, analysts and other games industry professionals – visited the halls of E3 2013 in Los Angeles this week.
This is the highest number of attendees since organiser the Entertainment Software Association restructured the expo back in 2009, reverting it back to its previous format after two years of smaller scale shows.
And the ESA has confirmed E3 will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center next year, with E3 2014 taking place from Tuesday, June 10th to Thursday, June 12th.
"This year’s E3 showcased the best that our industry has to offer and channeled the immense energy, drive and enthusiasm for video games onto a global stage," said ESA president and CEO Michael D Gallagher.
"Thanks to our members and exhibitors’ boundless capacity for innovation, billions of consumers are seeing the future of our industry through this outstanding landscape of creativity, technology and content."
Attendees hailed from 102 countries to peruse the ware of some 230 exhibitors. The ESA estimates that 28,000 hotel rooms were booked for E3 and generated close to $40m in revenue for the city of Los Angeles.