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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I'd be curious to check Blues for each year. I'd imagine the amount of news coming out of E3 declines each year. As does the amount of interesting news.
Instead we check it each day because news is now released when it's done, not at some catch-all event. With the rise in the internet, gaming magazines have become less relevant (if they ever were) and showing off to them has also become less necessary. You and I can now watch the promo / demo ourselves and say ooh and ah.

Riley, I'm still not sure that many would have heard of E3. Yes, I do see it pop up on TV every now and then (and this is in the UK, which may get less coverage) but of my friends, none of whom would ever have heard of Blue's News etc, none would know what E3 was. Yet they are all PS2 owners who await the next GTA/Gran Turismo/ Pro-Evolution Soccer. They're not that interested in promos, they're just interested in buying the game when it's done. These guys are the majority of gamers that the E3 guys like to think they attract.

I'm not arguing E3 (or advertising more widely) is irrelevant, just not as important as it was. But lots of people have said that, more succinctly than me

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