The organizers of the 2008 Game Developers Conference announced that a record 18,000 game industry professionals attended the event, held last week at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

The world’s largest industry-only event grew from more than 16,000 attendees in 2007, and also announced that Game Developers Conference will return to the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA in 2009 – this time taking place almost a month later, on March 23-27.