22,500 attendees for GDC 2012

The yearly-held Game Developers Conference is getting more and more popular with each passing year. UBM TechWeb Game Network, the organizers of the GDC, have announced that a record 22,500 attendees showed up for this year’s week-long conference, a 17% increase from last year’s attendance, and a new record for the conference as a whole.

The high attendance rates serve as something of a good sign for the health of the gaming industry at large. With the rise of social and mobile gaming, there is no doubt that more people in more households across the world can consider themselves “gamers” in some respect. As gaming continues to grow as a medium, high-profile industry events such as the GDC only stand to rake in more and more attendees.

“The continued growth of the conference is a great indicator of a healthy and exciting industry,” GDC general manager Meggan Scavio said. “We are very proud to provide the forum for game makers to connect, dialogue, showcase, and learn in sessions, summits, expos and pavilions every year.”

Next year’s Game Developers Conference has already been scheduled for the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, where it will take place from March 25 to March 29, 2013.