E3 Will Be 10 Times Bigger Than Last Year

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by War, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. War

    War Take it easy~

    Oct 26, 2007

    "This year's Electronic Entertainment Expo is taking a giant step towards returning to the glitzy, people-packed shows of three years ago, with attendance expected to be about ten times last year's show and the exhibit halls nearly the same size as the shows that once included ear-splitting rock bands, fire juggling and bikini-clad models.

    E3 2009 will also see the return of a more relaxed registration policy for show-goers and rules that once more allow models on the expo floor.

    The return to the size and glamor of earlier E3s comes after two years of downsizing and falling attendance at the show that once drew 70,000 people to Los Angeles to revel in all things video game.

    In 2006, the Entertainment Software Association announced they would be downsizing the show and moving it to Santa Monica. In 2007, the show returned to the Los Angeles Convention Center, but remained a shadow of its former self. Several developers decided to not attend last year's show, including Activision, Atlus, Bethesda Softworks, Majesco, NCsoft, Vivendi Games and Warner Bros. Interactive.

    This year's list of attendees shows that all but NCsoft are returning to the show.

    “The 2009 E3 Expo will be the preeminent North American computer and video game event,” said Michael D. Gallagher, CEO of the ESA. “With robust exhibitor sales, high attendee interest, and strong commitments from multiple industry sectors, we are going to ensure the full excitement and energy of this industry is on display.”

    Currently about 70 exhibitors are listed as attending the show, which is more than double the number at last year's. And event organizers say that the floor is filling up quickly.

    "We encourage interested companies to contact us because floor sales are going quickly with more than half sold out," a spokesman told me.

    Another major change to the show is the new registration policy which has been relaxed to allow more attendees to make it into the show. The last two shows were by invitation only. But this year's show return's to the 2006 policy of allowing people to register to get in.

    The show is open to all "credentialed" international and U.S.-based media, industry analysts, retailers, developers and business partners.

    Industry professionals need to submit two pieces of identification showing they work in the industry and press credentials are acquired by registering on the site. Both media credentialing and attenddee registration is now official open over on the e3 site.

    While the show floor maps aren't yet available on the official site, I've heard that this year's show will essentially be the same size as 2006's convention hall-filling show but without Kentia Hall."

    Too bad it takes 400 bucks to get in :< (And that's if you buy your ticket before May...)

    Official E3 Site
  2. Satangel

    Satangel BEAST

    Nov 27, 2006
    Bruges, Belgium
    400 bucks? Wow!
    Way too much for me, you can see all the news right here at home too [​IMG]
  3. Maikel Steneker

    Maikel Steneker M3 Fanboy

    May 16, 2007
    That's great news! 400 bucks is far too expensive to go there, but the news coming from events like these is always nice.
  4. War

    War Take it easy~

    Oct 26, 2007
    Yeah, I figured that since I live in LA now, I could go... but I checked out the official site, and yeah, tickets are 400 bucks before May 1st, 500 after May 1st. It's free for the devs and stuff though.
  5. blueskies

    blueskies GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Nov 14, 2003
    United States
    Santa Barbara, CA
    I like the bit about letting models back on the floor. Maybe they realized that pretty girls do help sell games. [​IMG]
  6. Rock Raiyu

    Rock Raiyu Clock Up

    Jul 14, 2007
    United States
    Walking the path of heaven
    I'd rather watch it at home in that case..
  7. phoenixtaku

    phoenixtaku Advanced Member

    Jan 23, 2009
    New Zealand
    In my currency it would be like $850!!!
  8. ball2012003

    ball2012003 Newbie

    i rather watch this at home for free
  9. Diablo1123

    Diablo1123 Newcomer

    Mar 9, 2008
    United States

    Wondering if I should go.

    I live like a few minutes from LA.
  10. CheatingSoi

    CheatingSoi Graphic Designer

    Apr 4, 2007
    United States
    I would go for 400 bucks. Yeah it's expensive but it's A once in a lifetime opporitunity and it would definabtly be worth it for me. Just throw in a few extra hours at work.
  11. alex

    alex GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Jul 1, 2008
    United States
    I'll just watch what IGN provides! [​IMG] I wouldn't pay so much, even if I could get that money or find a way over there.
  12. juggernaut911

    juggernaut911 GBAtemp Slut!

    Jul 13, 2006
    United States

    This year flew buy! [​IMG]
    If I had 400 bucks I'd go! [​IMG]