E3 2012 draws 45,700, brings in $40 million

E3 2012: Entertainment Software Association parses statistics for this year's geek gathering, says dates and host city for E3 2013 to be announced in coming weeks.

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LOS ANGELES--Over 45,700 people attended the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo, according to the Entertainment Software Association, the body that organizes the event. The show boosted the local economy, too, generating close to $40 million for host city Los Angeles, California.

E3 2012 is in the books.
E3 2012 is in the books.

Dates and the host city for E3 2013 will be announced in the coming weeks, the ESA said. If a recent report proves accurate, the show may leave Los Angeles next year. The Los Angeles Times reported this week that the ESA is considering moving the show to a new city if proposed construction at the LACC is not resolved. The LACC has hosted all but two E3s in the show's 18-year history.

Highlights from E3 2012 include Ubisoft unveiling a new open-world action game called Watch Dogs, Dead Space 3 coming out of the shadows, and Square Enix showing off what a next-generation Final Fantasy game could look like. For more on E3 2012, check out GameSpot's complete coverage.

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