Future of E3 in turmoil?

A number of online sources are reporting that the world's largest and most highly regarded games show - the Electronic Entertainment Expo (or E3 as it is more commonly known) - will undergo some serious changes in time for next year's event, should the event take place at all.

The show, which millions worldwide eagerly await each year, is strongly rumoured to be downsized to a meeting-room event accessible to only hundreds not thousands. The event which has been running since 1995 traditionally delivers 540,000 square feet of video gaming goodness to 60,000 attendees each year.

The Electronic Software Association (ESA) are expected to announce the move tomorrow, after discussions with the E3 exhibitors who number around 400 each year. Reasons are still unclear, but sources suggest that the cost of the show to exhibitors each year, as well as the work spent on providing staff and ensuring future-technology is in demo condition are all possible causes.

The impact of a downsized E3 would be huge on the worldwide gaming population who see the show as their portal
to the future of modern computer and video games. At a time when the industry appears to be thriving, why do organisers and exhibitors see sense in such an illogical move?

Stay tuned for the final word from the ESA, tomorrow (Monday 31st July).

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Link: Gamespot.com
Link: Next-Gen.biz

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