The 2017 rAge Expo has broken attendance records once again
The 2017 rAge Expo at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg saw 35,845 visitors going full-geek over the weekend, with over 130 exhibitors hosting the finest in gaming, technology, and gadgets surpassing last years 34,693 visitors. There were concerns that the weather would deter gamers from attending the expo but the dedication persevered. “I was a little concerned when looking at the weather conditions before the show, but our fans proved their dedication by showing up in droves to support the expo,” says Michael James, Senior Project Manager for rAge.
An undisputed highlight of the year, the 15th rAge celebrated its growth and success with VS Gaming as the headline sponsor and OMEN by HP sponsoring the NAG LAN. The event was bigger and better than ever before, featuring competitions, esports tournaments, exhibitions and some amazing cosplay. ESL Africa and VS Gaming made the esports crowds enjoy some action packed CSGO which saw Energy Esports defeat Bravado Gaming and were crowned ESL African Champions while Damage Control was crowned VS Masters Champions.
The NAG LAN had over 2,000 gamers and internet partner, MWEB, reported a massive 130TB was downloaded at an average rate of 5.6 gigabits per second, with a peak of nearly 8 gigabits per second. MWEB and Intel made sure the servers were up with little to no downtime and Aruba maintained the network, making this one of the best NAG LAN’s of all time.
“We saw 527 media accredited over the weekend and 45 one-on-one media interviews conducted. The social engine behind rAge is unmatched, with thousands of social posts hitting social media sites over the weekend as everyone excitedly posted pictures, video and stories of their experience at the show,“ commented Michael James, Senior Project Manager for rAge.
Michael had this to say: “I’m very happy with the turnout, the variety of exhibitions this year and the amazing things that are happening in esports. There are three things that make rAge exceptional each year: the exhibitors, my incredible, dedicated “nothing is a problem” team and of course, the visitors to the show. The rAge team is already discussing everything that needs tweaking based on feedback from exhibitors and visitors, and thinking about what we’ll be doing for rAge 2018. This is largely driven by many of the newer exhibitors asking questions about more space, and how they can expand their offering next year. I want to say thank you to everyone who makes rAge possible. The future of this expo is bright.”