Report: Opening E3 to the Public Under Discussion

September 3, 2008 -

Kotaku reports that the ESA's board of directors is considering opening the trade-only E3 Expo to the general public.

That's not at all surprising, given that the show at the Los Angeles Convention Center was an unmitigated disaster this year. It's only natural that the ESA and its board would be evaluating their options.

GameSpot got a corporate-speak comment from ESA exec Rich Taylor on the issue:

As we do every year, the ESA solicits feedback and direction from exhibitors and attendees on how best to adapt and evolve the E3 Media & Business Summit to ensure it meets their needs. Each element of the Summit is opened for discussion, and that process is ongoing to execute a productive and efficient experience. Regarding today's published reports, the ESA does not comment on rumors and speculation, and will make an announcement about the details and logistics of the 2009 E3 Media & Business Summit at the appropriate time.


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Re: Report: Opening E3 to the Public Under Discussion

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Re: Report: Opening E3 to the Public Under Discussion

File this under too little too late.

Re: Report: Opening E3 to the Public Under Discussion

I don't see how it wouldn't help them to do this. Wasn't the cost of the whole spectacle one of the things that made the bean-counters want it axed? Opening it to the public and charging admission would sure as heck offset the cost.

And it's not like people weren't getting in. Didn't they pretty much give you a press pass if you had a hack gaming blog two people read?

Re: Report: Opening E3 to the Public Under Discussion

Need to make an account... What I meant was, weren't their press standards loose BEFORE E3 was scaled back and killed?

Re: Report: Opening E3 to the Public Under Discussion

Maybe the success of PAX has made them stand up and take notice.  This is good.  I hope that they follow other suggestions that people have given, as well.

Re: Report: Opening E3 to the Public Under Discussion

 Came here to say this.  Of course, is there really going to be room for two big consumer expos?  Not sure how many people will have the disposable income to go to a PAX and an E3.

Re: Report: Opening E3 to the Public Under Discussion

I concur. At least the next E3 will be slightly better, hopefully.

Re: Report: Opening E3 to the Public Under Discussion

If E3 is going to open to the public, then it'll directly compete with PAX.  I don't think that's a bad thing, though - if it means improving E3, I'm all for it.

Re: Report: Opening E3 to the Public Under Discussion

Personally, I prefer the Tokyo Game Show. 

Re: Report: Opening E3 to the Public Under Discussion

Even if they do I think it might be too late.

E3 is pretty dead and other conventions are already rising as it's replacement.

Re: Report: Opening E3 to the Public Under Discussion

Captain Obvious saves the day at the ESA.

Re: Report: Opening E3 to the Public Under Discussion

 Finally.....

 
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