The weather wasn’t the only thing blazing hot in Johannesburg this past weekend. rAge was scorching too, with a record-breaking attendance of over 33,000 visitors.
9-11 October 2015 saw the South African gaming community converge on the TicketPro Dome for rAge 2015. The excitement was palpable as thousands of gamers, geeks, cosplayers and technology enthusiasts arrived at the venue (some of them two hours before the doors opened). The 13th edition of this highly anticipated expo once again brought together the top names in gaming, game development, geek culture, technology and media.
Building on its strong tradition of providing attendees with exciting, hands-on experiences with the latest innovations in gaming and technology, rAge drew an all-time high total of 33,068 visitors from all over South Africa. This is just under 6% up on last year’s attendance. “This show is a fantastic spectacle and serves as a reminder to the whole industry why we work so hard all year,” says Michael James, senior project manager at rAge.
This year’s edition saw the return of crowd favourites such as Learn 3D, PlayStation, Xbox, Megarom, home_coded, LEGO, Disney, BT Games, Dark Carnival, Rectron, the Telkom DGL Championships, the Legion Ink cosplay competition and the Artist’s Alley while hundreds of industry experts and professionals contributed to the strong line-up of exhibitors.
The 53-hour, 2,568 player NAG LAN captured the imagination and tested the skills of its dedicated participants with the final LAN statistics reaching 143TB downloaded and 46TB uploaded – a mind-blowing 189TB in total. Internet Solutions provided the 6.5Gbps connection, representing a 25% increase from 2014. HP and Intel provided the networking equipment and servers that sewed everything together.
Sue Gannon, EXSA general manager, believes that rAge 2015 was an exceptional experience and praised its success. “It’s great to see shows like rAge increasing their footprint in South Africa – proving that exhibitions are the ideal tool to reach your target market.”