E3 Rumors Fly

ESA to downsize E3? on GameSpot (thanks Frans) quotes "informed industry sources" (IIS) in reporting that the ESA is planning drastic changes to the structure and scope of the Electronic Entertainment Expo. According to their IIS, the annual show will move from the LA Convention Center to a smaller venue, and will serve a smaller group of attendees in a series of meeting room conferences, rather than the open floor event it has been. GameSpot notes that one of their IIS thinks the changes will result in a more productive environment, which is hard to disagree with, though I always enjoyed the chaos of the show floor. They also point out that there is a financial motivation to cutting down on the showy part of the show, which has indeed always been strikingly extravagant, but they also speculate it may force smaller companies to seek alternate promotional opportunities. They say an official announcement about this will come tomorrow. In a more drastic take on the rumors, Next Generation has busted out the caps lock in declaring "EXCLUSIVE: E3 FINISHED" (thanks StrategyCore) saying any coming announcement of a smaller event is damage control, but that the real story here is that E3 is ostensibly dead. They say an official announcement is likely over the next 48 hours.
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Dunno how I feel about this one...
Jul 30, 2006, 23:40
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Dunno how I feel about this one... Jul 30, 2006, 23:40
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I agree with both arguments already stated here. E3 no longer serves the purpose it was meant to/evolved into at one point. The flash was outweighing the substance. Maybe it's Origin's fault for cranking up the speakers during their Wing Comander demo

But even so, E3 provided a lot of things; a playground to show off new games to devs, publishers and press, a place to generate hype, a meetingplace for all kinds of crosspolination (although one can argue that GDC fulfills the latter). And of course the rush of gaming news...I'll miss that, even though it was becoming a bit much, really...spacing out product announcements (and thus saving every dev the E3 deathmarch) isn't such a bad thing.

But in the end I agree with Some Dude...if some of the crazyness that is E3 remained (GODGames et al ).

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