E for Few?

Big Download has been doing a little digging to see how things are shaping up for this October's second annual E for All Expo, created as an egalitarian alternative to the scaled-down E3 expo. Game companies at the inaugural E for All last year were Nintendo, Electronic Arts, Konami, THQ, and 2K Games, but so far only two game companies (albeit large ones) are confirmed for this year, Microsoft and Electronic Arts. Meanwhile, Big Download has confirmed with a number of companies that they will not be at the show, getting negative RSVPs from THQ, Konami, Sony, Midway, Atari, Sega, Warner Bros. Interactive, NCsoft, LucasArts, Sony Online, Square Enix, Codemasters, Gamecock, Southpeak, Disney Interactive, and Capcom. They also got ambivalent replies from Nintendo, 2K Games, and Activision, all uncertain about their participation, and are yet to receive responses from Ubisoft and Namco Bandai. E for All will play host to the World Cyber Games USA 2008 finals, and in attendance will be competitive gamer Fata1ty, who may have spoken too soon when he said, "The second E for All will be even bigger and better than the first one held last year."