GIST 2018, Europe’s fastest growing video games trade and consumer show cemented its place in the heart of the gaming industry with more than 20% growth in visitors over 2017, making GIST Europe’s 3rd largest gaming event.
Located at Istanbul’s ICC International Congress Center and taking place Thursday 1st February to Saturday 4th February, GIST played host to some of the world’s most loved gaming brands, from Pearl Abyss’ Black Desert Online, to huge franchises from Xbox, PlayStation, Ubisoft, Blizzard and Nvidia.
MENA’s largest networking event, GIST|DC, in association with Appodeal, enabled more meetings than ever before, generating business for local developers, facilitating export and localization to countries across the globe, and informed the future with a dedicated speaker programme.
“GIST is now an essential platform for the games industry across MENA, and the region’s most successful event, showcasing leading gaming franchises to a constantly growing audience,” said Cevher Eryürek, Director GIST at GL Events. “GIST has so much to offer consumers, business leaders, developers and brands looking to communicate directly whit their audience, and as we continue to see strong growth in both exhibition and networking, we’re focused on ensuring GIST goes from strength-to-strength.”
From February 1st – 4th, GIST Gaming Istanbul 2018, Turkey’s premiere B2B and B2C gaming expo, took place at Istanbul’s ICC International Congress Center, covering over 14,000 m² of expo grounds directly in Istanbul’s city Center.
GIST Gaming Istanbul and GIST|DC debuted in February 2016, attracting approximately 50,000 visitors, while GIST 2017 attracted 33% more visitors than its first year. GIST 2018 continued that trajectory, firmly placing GIST as a central global event in the videogames industry.